Blyth Spartans AFC resumed its community programme during the Easter school holiday, once lockdown had eased, with a series of soccer camps.
The camps were organised by the club in conjunction with Dugout Coaching, who delivered the practical element of the courses. Dugout coaching is run by ex-Spartans right-back Alex Nicholson and was ably assisted by his coaching staff, including current Spartans player, Connor Thomson.
A total of 169 places were booked over eight days of coaching by youngsters in the 6 to 13 age range and the club has received very positive feedback from both the participants and their parents.
The camps were the first physical activity a lot of the children had undertaken since before Christmas but despite some tired limbs and bodies together with the odd wintry snow shower, the attitude of the youngsters was first class as they took part in the various activities on the Croft Park pitch.
The emphasis of the camps was on enjoyment and participation. The activities catered for all abilities and were expertly managed by the coaches.
The club is organising further camps during the half-term holiday in May. Both camps will be held at the home of Blyth Spartans Juniors, Wensleydale Park, as the Croft Park pitch is undergoing annual renovation work in readiness for the new football season.
The camps which will both last for two days will be held on Tuesday 1st – Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd – Friday 4th June. We will be taking bookings on a first come first served basis later this month. Details will appear on our social media outlets.
General Manager of Blyth Spartans