Since its arrival in June last year a football programme for
under fives has definitely hit the back of the net!
Doncaster based company Mini Kicks has been encouraging
pre-school girls and boys across the town to dribble, pass and
practice keepy ups as part of a bid to get them active.
The Mini Kicks programme, set up by ex professional footballer
Ben Hunter, was launched at the Doncaster Dome in July but due to
unprecedented popularity the programme is to be rolled out across
two more venues in the Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust
Michael Hart, interim chief executive of the DCLT said: "Ben and
his team are great with the youngsters and each week the classes
are jam packed of budding footballers.
"It is a testament to Ben for the roaring success of the Mini
Kicks programme and it's an honour to be able to offer it across
three of our venues."
The 27 year old who has played against high profile players such
as David Beckham said: "When I returned to Doncaster a year ago I
wanted to develop the idea over here that had proved so popular in
the states, and could see that the issues were very similar to the
young people in America.
"There didn't seem to be any provision for under fives to learn
football skills, we are in a region which has high obesity
statistics and to me, getting children switched on to training and
developing physical activity as part of their routine from an early
age seems like a good way to address this."
Mini Kicks, will offer session in Adwick Leisure Centre on
Friday afternoons 4.15 - 5pm from 17 February and in Thorne Leisure
Centre from Sunday 19 February starting at 10am.
Ben has always had a soft spot for Doncaster leisure venues as
the Sports Science and Biology major did his work experience at The
Dome for a few months before leaving the UK and is excited about
using other venues as part of the new session roll out.
"The success of Mini Kicks has been mind blowing and I would
like to thank DCLT for allowing us to use their fantastic