Kids stay Onside with Pearce's Under-21s
Tuesday, 01 September, 2009
The Under-21s were joined at training by 20 local youngsters
England’s Under 21 squad welcomed some young local visitors as they trained at London Colney ahead of their double-header with Macedonia and Greece.
Stuart Pearce's side will begin their 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign on Friday.
Before flying out to Prilep in Macedonia on Wednesday, the Three Lions stopped off at Watford FC’s training ground on Tuesday morning for a tactics session under Coach Stuart Pearce, and they were joined by 20 youngsters from a local social inclusion programme.
The children who visited the session, aged between 9 and 16 years, were from the Onside project group in St Albans, which is overseen by Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust.
They joined the England Under-21 squad before getting a chance to meet Stuart Pearce and his team, as well as grabbing some autographs for their collection and a team photo.
It was then their chance to relax and settle down to watch the team being put through their paces on a sunny day in Hertfordshire.
Launched in 2008 Onside is a community-based project open to boys and girls aged between 8 and 19 years and is delivered in four areas including Dacorum, St Albans, Three Rivers and Watford.
The programme is designed to engage with youngsters through the use of local facilities, offering them safe and stimulating areas in which to have fun activities including football, inter-estate matches, matchday activities and art sessions, as well as the opportunity to gain coaching qualifications.
For further details on Watford’s Onside project you can contact Onside coaches Sam Mitchell on 01923 496292 or Rob Walters on 01923 496292 or visit www.watfordfccsetrust.com
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