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Youngsport: Ellwood FC launch new football club in the Forest of Dean

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: April 10, 2013

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FOREST-OF-DEAN based football club Ellwood are launching a new youth football club, targeting boys and girls aged between seven and ten.

Free and open trials will be held on Monday, April 15 and Monday, April 22 at the Ellwood Football Club near Coleford.

A lack of football clubs in the local area has inspired Nick Housden to set up this youth section.

"There is not a good provision of football clubs in the local area, and as a result a lot of local youth players often travel a long way to play for Gloucester-based clubs," he said.

"By setting up this youth section, we can get young kids active, playing sport for a well-run club. There isn't a whole lot for young people to do in the area."

Housden is aiming to have a full youth section within two seasons, but is focusing on the 7-11 year age groups now. By the end of the year, he hopes to have recruited 12 to 14-year-olds, and 15 to 16-year-olds will be targeted next summer.

Successful players will have the chance to represent the club next season in the Gloucestershire Youth Football League.

Housden said: "Each age group will have two trainecd coaches assigned to them, which means there should be around 20 coaches in the club.

"A couple of people will do administrative work. I would like there to be 20 to 30 people working for the club within two years."

The 22-year-old is targeting boys and girls with the right attitude and a willingness to learn.

"We aren't looking for playing experience, we just need as many kids as possible to help launch the new age groups," he said

Anyone interested in football can participate.

"All the boys and girls need is a good attitude to training, and an ability to listen to coaches.

"They have to be keen to learn and take things on board."

Housden lives in the Forest of Dean and has a degree in sports coaching from Hartpury College.

He played football at youth level as a right-back before working professionally in the sport at Notts County, Cheltenham Town, and Gloucester City.

For further information, or to attend a trial please contact Nick or Jade on nick@ellwoodyouthfc.co.uk/ jade@ellwoodyouthfc.co.uk or 07761500255

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  • davecisar  |  April 11 2013, 4:38PM

    Best of luck. You will make LOTS of mistakes- many of which can be fatal to an Org right out of the gate. Ive started 2 programs from scratch- one with about 400 kids and another with 100 kids. Our kids need the life lessons that youth football can teach them. Its all about leadership and coaching. If you have great leadership and coaching, the program will be successful. htp://winningyouthfootball.com