The next sessions of free football training being organised at Kelston Road playing fields during the first week of the Easter school holiday is the latest of a series of events which have taken place in recent years following the initiative of Keynsham Town Junior FC member Joe Ryan and the Town Council’s Youth Workers. The event has also received a funding boost from Keynsham South Councillor Alan Hale who has donated £600 from his individual ward budget. Ironically, it marks something of a homecoming for the councillor who, as a 13 year old in 1960, was instrumental in organising a petition among local youngsters, calling for a football pitch at Kelston Road.
Councillor Hale recalls: “I was clearly a bit of a community activist even all those years ago! We began he petition calling for a football pitch to be created. After we had collected the signatures I went with my dad to the Council offices where I met and presented the petition to the town clerk George Ashton. The park and pitch have been there ever since.”
The coaching takes places on 26th, 27th & 28th March from 11am-2pm. There are two groups (7-11 yrs and 11+ yrs). Places are limited so come early.