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Thorley Manor youth football club posting Facebook coaching videos to give youngsters training sessions during lockdown 2.0

Thorley Manor players are keeping their eyes on the ball during lockdown thanks to the club's online training videos.

Coach and founder Greg Sambridge is posting videos to the club's Facebook page so youngsters can work on their skills during the enforced break, with grassroots football hopefully being able to resume fully after December 3.

And the Quick Coach sessions are also giving the children something fun to focus on and help their mental health while they can not meet their friends for training or on matchdays.

Thorley Manor Quick Coach (43062601)
Thorley Manor Quick Coach (43062601)

"We are engaging with the kids to keep them focused and ready for when the season starts up again," said Sambridge.

"After the first lockdown we had a massive influx of nursery-age children, so we are focusing on this in our videos.

"The other focus is mental health, so the videos are not just about football but also the way it makes you feel.

Thorley Manor coach and founder Greg Sambridge
Thorley Manor coach and founder Greg Sambridge

"We are also setting up Zoom calls for each team to keep in touch and have a chat."

The club, which Sambridge founded in September 2016, usually runs training sessions for children in Reception up to Year 7 and its teams play matches in the Royston Crow Youth League.

There has already been a good response to the relaunch of Quick Coach, with players and parents posting their own videos to show them doing the drills and other things they have been doing.

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