New junior football academy overwhelmed by interest

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WITH 50 children already signed up for next term, Tracey and Ryan Marshall say they are ‘‘overwhelmed’’ by the amount of interest in their new junior football academy.
They started the Shooting Stars Junior Football Academy for 2 and 3 year olds after discovering swimming was the only sport available for their son, Leo (2).
‘‘Our friends thought an academy was a good idea so we took it upon ourselves to do it,’’ Mrs Marshall said.
They run two half-hour sessions on Thursday afternoons where they work on football skills, agility, balance, and co-ordination.
They volunteer their time, with the $50 cost per term going towards shirts, balls, and gym hire.
The Marshalls said even though the children were so young, they really seemed to enjoy the sessions.
‘‘They look forward to it. It started out quite chaotic, but now they sit down and listen to Ryan,’’ Mrs Marshall said.
Numbers were capped at 24 this term, but they already have that number and another 26 enrolled for next term.
‘‘It’s just us running it at the moment but we might have to look at getting someone else on board,’’ Mrs Marshall said.
The academy was based on the New Zealand Football junior framework so the children could continue playing as they got older, Mr Marshall said.

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