10 AUG 2017


MP supports innovative coaching scheme for Maidstone

Helen Grant MP with Kickstart-sports coach George Mannering

A pool table the size of a badminton court was where Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant cued-off her first game of footpool last week at Maidstone Leisure Centre.

The inflatable structure is an up-scaled model of a pool table with numbered footballs replacing the normal sized pool balls. The idea is to enhance the skill and accuracy of young and developing footballers in a fun and imaginative way.

Helen said 'I am always in favour of new ideas that will inspire people of all ages into sport participation. Footpool is a colourful and clever initiative that can be played indoors by adults and children alike. I know the company also has a large inflatable dart board available for hire that can be used for football shooting practice skills. I suspect it is a favourite for dads' parties whilst the younger kids are on the bouncy castle!'

Coach George Mannering, who runs the company said 'We incorporate kid's favourite characters into coaching each session, helping children to lose themselves in the fun and join in the adventure. Our aim is to bring a new invigorated approach to teaching sport to better engage kids from a young age'.

KickStart delivers themed coaching sessions for boys and girls ages 3-11 years old. The company will be returning to Maidstone Leisure Centre in September to continue regular weekly football sessions for children ages 3-11 years on Thursdays.

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