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Thorley Manor FC holding online training sessions to prepare for return of grassroots football after lockdown on March 29

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Thorley Manor's Greg Sambridge is preparing for the planned return of youth football by getting his players ready to go with online training sessions.

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's unveiling of the Government's roadmap to ending lockdown, youth football is gearing up to make its comeback from March 29.

And Thorley Manor coach and club founder Sambridge is delighted to be able to get his young charges back doing what they love best.

Thorley Manor coach and founder Greg Sambridge hosting an online training session
Thorley Manor coach and founder Greg Sambridge hosting an online training session

Football fitness sessions are being held via Zoom on Wednesdays and at weekends until matches in the Royston Crow Youth League recommence, with 50 players already taking part and that number set to rise. The videos can also be found on the club's Facebook page.

There are also Zoom meetings for each age group to prepare for the restart while Easter holiday football camps are being planned to give the kids even more of a football fix.

"The training sessions are designed so the kids don't have to do loads of fitness work when we come back and can focus on football skills, matches and being back with their team-mates," said Sambridge.

Thorley Manor online training sessions (44730746)
Thorley Manor online training sessions (44730746)

"Feedback has been amazing, with kids and parents commenting on how it has started to excite them and get them looking forward to football restarting."

The club is looking for sponsorship to help fund new equipment as well as signage for its new home at the Herts and Essex Sports Centre in Beldams Lane.

Go to www.facebook.com/thorleymanorfc to get in touch with the club and to find out more.

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