This week, members of AFC Fylde’s first-team squad joined in with AFC Fylde Community Foundation’s Winter Soccer School and Activity Camps across the local area.
The popular camps have taken place at Fylde Sports and Education Centre, Bactive Fitness Centre, Warton, and Kirkham St Michael’s Primary School.
Hundreds of youngsters enjoyed football and multisport activities throughout the week.
On Thursday, captain Harry Davis and goalkeeper Chris Neal headed to an Activity Camp at Bactive Fitness Centre, where they took part in dodgeball and curling.
Coasters duo Nick Haughton and Taelor O’Kane visited the Foundation’s Soccer School sessions on Tuesday as they met the children, took part in a Q&A, and posed for photos.
It was a special treat for the children who attended the Soccer School and Activity Camps as they got to meet their Coasters’ heroes.
The Foundation deliver holiday clubs throughout the year at three venues across Fylde; Fylde Sports and Education Centre, St Michael’s CofE Primary School and Bactive Fitness Centre.
And Davis feels that it is important that the Coasters’ first-team squad get involved in the local community.
Davis said: “It’s been great to come down and see the kids at their winter camp after Christmas, and spend a bit of time with them.
“Hopefully, we have familiarised ourselves with the kids, they’ve spoke to us and asked us questions, we’ve done some dodgeball which is great, so it’s just good to get out there, and one day some of these kids might want to be a professional footballer.
“It’s good for the club to be close with the community, and I always think it’s vitally important to get the lads and staff in and around these sorts of environments and spend some time with the kids.
“It’s great that we’re all connected and hopefully they go home happy and say they’ve met some of the Fylde players and it’s good for us as well.”
Neal added: “It’s been fantastic. The more that the club can get involved in the community, the better for the club. We can build that fanbase as well, and it starts with the youngsters. They’ve had a really good time so it’s been really good.
“It’s massively important that children stay active in the holidays. Everyone knows how important exercise is, and camps like this are perfect for physical activity for the youngsters. They can get amongst the games and get involved with each other, so I think it’s a fantastic initiative.”
“If we can keep engaging with the community as players, then hopefully the youngsters here can come to games and the club can grow.”
For more information on all of our holiday camps, please contact Dan.Monckton@afcfylde.co.uk