Girls’ free footy tuition

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Girl pupils from all over Doncaster are reaching fever pitch at free football sessions with a lead coach.

Doncaster Belles star Molly Johnson, who has been selected for the first team, is a qualified FA coach and is leading sessions as part of South Yorkshire Police’s SportFX scheme.

SportFX South Yorkshire offers free football, boxing and dancing to young people aged 10 to 19 to provide positive activities and deter them from becoming involved in anti-social behaviour

The girls-only football session takes place every Monday from 6pm to 7pm at Balby Academy of Sport.

Defender Molly, 18, said: “It’s a privilege to be part of such a successful scheme and I’m delighted to be teaching young women to play football.

“As well as the football skills, the sessions focus on team work, positive attitudes and healthy lifestyles and I’ve been extremely impressed by the girls already involved.

“It doesn’t matter what your ability, please do come along and take part.”

SportFXSY is a police-run project sponsored by Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt. It is funded through a partnership with the Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA and South Yorkshire Sport.

The project was first set up in Goldthorpe in 2010 to help reduce antisocial behaviour in the area.

The sessions were so successful, contributing to a 50 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour in the first year, that in 2013 with the support of project ambassador Howard Webb, SportFXSY expanded across the county.

All sessions are open to any young person aged 10 to 19. To find out more or get involved visit www.southyorkshire.police.uk and click on About Us where you will find a list of all activities. Or keep up to date with the latest information on Twitter @sportfxsy.