Local Worthing resident Gary Harvey wants to know if there is any interest in a neighbourhood mini football league for 7 to 10 year olds. Gary has been involved in youth football for a number of years and has support from Worthing Council and the Sussex FA.
The project aims at getting boys and girls more active by involving them in recreational sport regardless of ability or personal limitations. Those not already playing at a club can enjoy the thrills and spills of the game with other members of their community in a safe and friendly environment.
Teams will be on a ward basis so, for example, if a child lives in Tarring, s/he will play for Tarring. Everybody, regardless of ability, will get the opportunity to be involved in all the games. The spirit is about making everyone welcome, and not about creating professional footballers. If there is an appetite within the community for this idea the potential to roll it out to include all age groups and other sports is huge.
As well as offering children an opportunity to participate in games the project will provide anybody over 16 with the chance to gain valuable experience as a volunteer. To reduce the potential for results driven selections the organisers are also considering an innovative idea of rotating coaches and managers around the participating teams so that their only allegiance is to the league.
Worthing Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, Tom Wye said: ”This is another wonderful initiative to get young people involved in physical activities and feel part of their community. I support it 100% and wish it every success.”
The organisers have designed a short survey to assess the level of interest and gain an insight into when and where it would be most convenient to hold the games for the players and their families.
Responses to the survey are requested by 5:00pm on Friday June 14th 2013.