Children of Sheffield have turned out in record numbers for the SUFC Crookes football camps this half-term.

The October camp, which started on Monday, saw a record 67 children in attendance on the GymPlus astroturf.

The aim of the sessions, run by the Sheffield United Community Foundation, is to get children regular exercise and to engage with their peers during half-term week.

 

James Morley, Sheffield United Community Development Coach said: “Some parents use the sessions as childcare, some for the enjoyment of football. It’s good to get the kids out of the house rather than playing on their Xbox all day.

“It’s mostly a bit of coaching and a bit of fun – but we do some scouting on lads as well that go on to play for our development teams.”

The record attendance comes in light of the Blades’ first season in the Premier League since 2006/07 and James believes this has had an impact on the young people of the city.

He said: “I think its the inspiration of the first team on the TV all the time, meaning the kids might start to think about coming to play for Sheffield United camps.”

The camp runs from 9 am until 3 pm every day this week and consist of basic drills and tournament matches.

Usmaan Akhtar, Development Coach, said: “We want to make sure these kids, some of whom are as young as 4-5 years old have a good first experience of football. We want to teach them the fundamentals in a safe and fun environment.

“The kids are absolutely loving it. As a foundation, we are all about giving back to the community.

“One thing we like to clamp down on is attitude, a lot of these guys are from different schools, so its a good way for them to learn respect.”

For more information of the Sheffield United Community Foundation, visit http://www.sufc-community.com/