Festival of Football

Wednesday 19 June 2002

Over 750 primary school children across six boroughs (Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Epsom and Ewell, Reigate and Banstead and Elmbridge) were today involved in a Festival of Football held at the BBC Centre opposite Fulham Football Club's training ground at Motspur Park.

The event, organised by Fulham's Community Department and Adidas, provided the children, between the ages of 8 and 10 years, with a series of coaching sessions and ball skills activities. Qualified Fulham FC and Adidas coaches as well as members of the Fulham Ladies Team were on hand throughout the day to pass on some useful tips.

Several 10 minute six-a-side matches were arranged and a number of activities within the Skill Area allowed the children to test their speed, monitor their shooting power and learn to swerve a ball.

Billed as 'A Celebration of Fair Play & Teamwork', the Festival encouraged children to demonstrate a high level of sportsmanship as recognition was given to teams which displayed good sporting behaviour.

Fulham's newly appointed Head of Community, Simon Morgan, commented:

"It is now widely regarded that football is a key vehicle to inspire children in terms of education and equipping them with a range of social skills. This festival, for girls and boys, organised around the World Cup, created a great deal of enthusiasm and demonstrated just that. This helped make the event a huge success which is a testament to the hard work put into it by the Football Development staff, within Fulham FC's Community Department, under the leadership of Danny Jacquart"