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Record breaking Soccer School at Crawley Town

The Half-term Soccer School smashed all previous records of attendance, having 88 more children attend compared to last year; finishing the week with the biggest session on Friday with 52 children.

They had a fantastic week filled with first team player visits, giving them the opportunity to meet their favourite players and to learn some skills from Lewis Young, Dannie Bulman, Panutche Camara, Luke Gambin, Joe McNerney and Romain Vincelot. The first team manager, Gabriele Cioffi, also spoke to the kids briefly which I can imagine is a highlight of all the kid’s week.

Reggie also came along to see the kids on Day 3 of the Soccer Schools to bring some Halloween Treats and to support their tournaments, which the kids absolutely loved meeting him.

The kids finished off the week with an award ceremony, to celebrate their achievements from the week. Trophies were awarded for ‘Player of the Week’ and ‘Goal of the Soccer School’ but all the kids who participated in the Soccer School did an amazing job and all learnt so many new skills, so everyone was a winner.

Kayleigh Bowers, Football and Sports Development Coordinator said, “We have had a record-breaking number of children attend our Soccer Schools over October. The children got to meet our new manager Gabriele Cioffi as well as meeting several First Team Players. They had the opportunity to ask them questions about life as a footballer and the footballers even got involved in the matches! We are now really looking forward to getting back into our partner schools and to start planning the Christmas Soccer Schools!”

Soccer Schools will be back for Christmas on the 20th for a jam packed 3 days at Crawley Town.

Community Development has been up to some big things the last few weeks.

#HateCrimeAwarenessWeek took place from 15th October, and was a big week for Crawley Town Community Foundation. We spent the week working with the young people of Crawley to promote the importance of ‘Reporting and Understanding Hate Crime’.

During the week, Crawley Town FC first team players, Mark Connolly, Lewis Young, Yusuf Mersin and Jimmy Smith came down to speak to participants about football and educating them a little on Hate Crime.

They also found common ground, breaking the ice with the young people by playing in a tournament together.

Bondz N’Gala and Dom Poleon visited our Extra Time Walking Football session on Friday 19th October. This session aims to support participants with social isolation and to help with health and fitness. The concept of Walking Football was introduced to Bondz and Dom.

They also spent some time discussing Hate Crime, and what people thought that meant today. The players then got involved with a walking version of the beautiful game, which meant a lot to the group with many being supporters of Crawley Town FC for 40 years.

Move the Goalposts is a football and wellbeing programme designed for those who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing mental health complications. The session run every Wednesday from 2pm – 4pm, has been attracting greater participants numbers each week with more and more people returning or recommending this programme to reconnect with the community.

On Sunday 21st October, Brighton Albion Women played Man. City Women at the Broadfield Stadium, which gave the COGs (Crawley Town Old Girls) to play some recreational football with the community or those interested in the session before the match itself. This was a great event to gain more support and play some great women’s football.

Crawley Town Flyers, is a session offers people with a variety of disabilities the opportunity to play football in an inclusive and relaxed environment, with the chance to represent Crawley Town Flyers in competitive football. The Flyers compete in the Sussex Disability League against teams across Sussex, which provides opportunities for the participants.

Training is held on a Tuesday with a session run during the day between 1pm and 2pm on the 3G next to Crawley Towns ground and a session is held in the evening between 7pm and 8pm on the 3G at K2. Both sessions are taken by coaches from Crawley Town Community Foundation which is a great benefit to all the players.

If you would like to be part of Crawley Town Flyers and its continued development whether that be as a player or volunteer then we would like to hear from you.

If you or your company would like to sponsor one of our charity run programs or gain interest – email: to find out more on our programmes.

For more details on Soccer Schools and Community Development Sessions. Head to our website and sign your kids up today:

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