Local kids enjoy Cookstown Youth soccer festival

Coaches from Sheffield Wednesday and Cookstown Youth FC
Coaches from Sheffield Wednesday and Cookstown Youth FC

CYFC in conjunction with Sheffield Wednesday FC held their Soccer Festival last week at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena. Eight coaches from English Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday came over to Cookstown, and coached in or around one hundred kids from the age of five up to fourteen.

The Sheffield coaches, who are all full time coaches back home , were assisted by coaches from CYFC and the sessions ran daily from Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm.

This was a fantastic week and a great opportunity for local kids from all denominations to receive the very best coaching from the professionals and each and every child who attended the Festival left on Friday having gained new skills and knowledge of the game of soccer, and also memories which they will talk about for years to come.

For the Sheffield lads it was their first time to visit Cookstown and every one of them left on Saturday having had a wonder full experience of the friendly atmosphere, both at the Sports Arena and in the town itself.

Being into their fitness they walked to their B&B most days and were amazed how friendly the local people were, with people stopping them in the street to enquire “Whats the craic today boys,” and “Hows it going lads.”

Everyone involved in this Soccer Festival have gained priceless benefits and knowledge from the week, the local kids from the coaching they received , CYFC coaches from watching the SWFC coaches in action , and the SWFC coaches from coming over and meeting the local kids and community and sampling the local hospitality.

The feedback CYFC have been getting in the aftermath of this event has been all positive and extremely encouraging for all who work very hard as volunteers to make our Club one of the best in the Country.

Cookstown Youth FC would like to thank the coaches and staff at Sheffield Wednesday FC for making this Festival a resounding success and also our own coaches who attended throughout the week and assisted, in particular Kyra Kelly who slotted into her roll as “big mama” and made sure that our visitors felt at home, making them sandwiches and Irish Stew and keeping them entertained in the evenings with local cultural tours!

Thanks also has to go to Cookstown District Council for part funding the week and Embroiderus, Ireland for the t-shirts along with ASDA for generously donating Water and Jaffa Cakes.

Last but by no means least a big thanks to the players and their parents for your support during the week.

Everything said and done this week has certainly cemented the link between our two great Clubs and we can look forward to more ventures like this one in the future.

Everyone connected to Cookstown Youth Football Club extend sympathies to the Clubs Joint Chairman Stafford Thompson, on the passing away of his Father, Stafford senior. Our thoughts and prayers are with Stafford, Janet, Sarah and Paul and the extended family at this most difficult time.

This seasons Under 14s will commence their preparations for the move to the National League on Tuesday 17th July, at MUSA. Training will start at 6.30pm until 8pm and if possible a full attendance by the Squad would be appreciated.

Any player who for any reason is unable to attend is asked to contact either Andy , Stevie or Mark.