THERE was a chance to go football crazy at Fernhurst when the experts arrived.
Four days of sports coaching on Fernhurst Recreation Ground, masterminded by Ben Polhill from Chichester District Council (CDC), attracted a full house.
The children came not just from the village, but from around the area both for the fantastic value and its great fun.
The week started with two days of rugby dealing with six- to 15-year-olds whose experience ranged from complete beginners to some with experience, including girls. Coaches from Driving Force Rugby coaching brought a mass of equipment such as hurdles, ladders, tackle columns and agility poles so they could put the children through the many skills needed in the game such as tackling, passing, dodging, catching and kicking, all involving speed, agility and quickness.
The session ended with full-on dodgeball games with as many as four balls on the go from every direction keeping all the competitors on their toes and their eyes peeled.
Over the two days the most improved player awards were given to Rupert Blackwell and Benjamin Bush, both currently playing at Midhurst.
Two days of football followed later in the week with coaching from Brighton and Hove Albion Community coaches.
More than 50 children turned out for the sessions.
Individual skills were practised in the mornings such as passing, shooting, dribbling and running with the ball before a break for lunch and then into matches.
Each age group was divided into well-known teams – Portsmouth, Brighton and Real Madrid – who played round robins for a few minutes in each direction culminating in semis, finals and ultimately prize giving.
Every child also received a goody bag of a programme and a tee-shirt, leaving them better players and looking forward to the next time.
The winners from the two age groups were:
Penalty shoot out: Rhys Tyler and Alfie Edwards; Target: Oliver Giorgio and Alex Holmes; American Penalty: Seb Cobbold and Alfie Edwards; Chopper: Jack Whittington; individual player; Tom Weatley, Alex Holmes; best attitude: George Fowler and Luke Carver; most improved: Alex Koritsas and Harvey Marsden.