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Boston United expand football opportunities in Boston

By Ceri Jackson

Boston United Community Foundation will enhance their Football and Grassroots programme, thanks to £40,000 funding from The National League Trust.

The funding over the next two years will enable Boston United to extend the grassroots and football opportunities they offer in Boston, and is aimed at engaging new participants, expanding participation opportunities for people aged from three years up to over 65s walking football, and developing new coaches. It will also help provide a pathway for the people of Boston and surrounding areas to be introduced to Boston United Football Club and the range of football activities it offers.

Working in partnership with Boston United FC, Boston United Community Football Club and Boston United Ladies FC – the football club’s charity BUCF will provide a range of football coaching sessions for people aged from three years old up to 65 years and over that will delivered by qualified and experienced coaches across the Boston and surrounding areas.

Lewis Wright, project co-ordinator, said: “This is a really exciting time for the football club, as this funding will mean we can help even more local people be involved and enjoy playing football. The project has three key areas: Partnerships – where we will work with local Pre, Primary and Secondary Schools as well as Special Schools within a 15-mile radius to provide a pathway from school sport to Boston United and its community football activities. As a partner, schools will receive six free sessions with us.”

The project will also focus on Participation and Growth, mainly widening the participation of people at the club through football – and help the club expand the opportunities for males and females by giving them access to a range of inclusive football activities including more childrens football, disability football, adult football training and more - as well as the chance to play in competitive teams.

“At Boston United, we want to help develop young volunteer leaders and coaches aged between 12 and 19 years – we want to train these volunteers so we can filter them back in to the club to help lead sessions, activities or grassroots teams, and more importantly, help to develop and coach young people in football.”

Boston United currently offer football training for children from pre-school age to children in Year 7, as well as offer mixed grassroots football teams from Under 7 to Under 18, girls’ teams, boys teams, women football training, as well as Walking Football sessions. If you would like more information, or would like to get involved please email or call (01205) 364406.

Updated 11:26 - 5 Dec 2018 by Ceri Jackson

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