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Football coaching goes virtual in Aylesbury

A coach has been offering sessions to kids for free during the lockdown.

Published by Dan Gooding at 4:05pm 30th May 2020. 3-minute read.

Football coaching goes virtual in Aylesbury

Lockdown hasn't put an end to football practice for some children in Aylesbury.

A coach has been offering sessions for free over the internet, with around 100 kids taking part in the town and over in Bicester.

When lockdown was announced, Jamie Cassidy had been busy planning his Easter football camps and the launch of his new football academy, which plans to provide additional opportunities for young football players in the area.

But the government guidelines on coronavirus meant he had to put his plans on hold for now.  

Jamie loves coaching football and decided to quickly organise Zoom football training sessions for children in the area. He also launched a football quiz which he has run three times a week, so nearly 30 in total. 

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During the training sessions, he's coached the children on fitness and ball dribbling skills.

He's provided over 24 hours of free coaching during lockdown and even arranged a coach from New York to run one of the online training sessions. 

One of the parents, Alex Smith from Edgcott, commented:

"My son has really enjoyed the coaching and quizzes Jamie has offered. Obviously during this time it's been hard to find things to do, so it's given us something to look forward to each day.

"Jamie is great with the kids and makes it fun, so it's provided some valuable entertainment."

Jamie commented:

"I love to teach kids football, it's what I do.

"Lockdown obviously meant I had to cancel my Easter holiday football camps and after school training sessions.

"But, I had the idea to keep running my sessions, all-be-it online via zoom.  Daily exercise is really important and the quizzes meant we could have a bit of football related fun."

With restrictions starting to lift, Jamie Cassidy is hoping to launch his coaching sessions and football camps this summer. 

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