Football: Bringing on the next generation at Rothesay coaching course

Coach Stuart Maule passes on some helpful tips at the Mini Kickers football development session for under-fives at Rothesay Joint Campus this week.
Coach Stuart Maule passes on some helpful tips at the Mini Kickers football development session for under-fives at Rothesay Joint Campus this week.

The new football season may be a few weeks away yet - but the appetite for the beautiful game on Bute lasts all year, if a development course held in Rothesay this week is any guide.

Coach Stuart Maule led two age groups on a week-long coaching course at Rothesay Joint Campus - a ‘Mini Kickers’ class for under-fives and a Soccer Taster Week for those aged 5-14.

Run by Argyll and Bute Council, the Mini Kickers class aimed to develop children’s basic motor skills such as running, crawling, jumping, rolling, rotating, throwing, catching, kicking and dribbling, concentrating on creating a child who is motivated, confident and has a positive attitude towards football and physical activity. The sessions for the older players aimed to aid the development of physical literacy and basic skills through football, with games-based activities focusing on agility, balance, speed and co-ordination.