Nicole Borgers, aged 11, and Joe Williams, age 10, have been chosen from hundreds of children as the new FA Tesco Skills Young Pundits.
In January this year The FA Tesco Skills Programme began a search to find two budding young sports writers to become its first ever Young Pundits. Joe and Nicole made their case by writing a 200 word match report, impressing judges with their knowledge of the beautiful game.
Ruth Girardet – Tesco Corporate Responsibility and Community Director said, “We were very impressed with the quality of all of the entries but both Joe and Nicole’s really stood out. I’m looking forward to seeing their reports on the programme and hearing first hand accounts about their experiences of the FA Tesco Skills programme.”
As part of their new role Joe and Nicole will attend and report on their local FA Tesco Skills coaching sessions plus some special football experiences. They have already attended the England vs Holland friendly at Wembley on 29th February, taking part in a pre-match FA Tesco Skills session on the pitch, and have written the first of several match reports for their own guest columns in First News, the award winning national children’s newspaper.
Run by The FA and funded by Tesco and Sport England, The FA Tesco Skills Programme has provided high quality football skills courses for children aged 5-11, since 2007. The FA Tesco Skills Programme provides specialist, age appropriate football coaching for children, developed with children in mind, and caters for all ability levels with the aim to get 4.7 million children active across the nation by 2014.
The specialist coaching is delivered in over 1,200 local primary schools every year and at after school football courses or “Skills Centres”. The coaches also support Charter Standard football clubs and organise free taster sessions and festivals in the school holidays.
For more information about The FA Tesco Skills Programme and to find the nearest Skills Centre visit www.TheFA.com/TescoSkills
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