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FA logoFree football coaching for girls For ages 5-11. Norm £2-£5 for boys & mixed coaching

School holidays
If the kids love footie and fancy brushing up on their skills, FA Skills football coaching sessions kick off during the school holidays. The programme aims to improve dribbling, passing and shooting skills for all abilities for girls and boys aged between 5-11.

It's free for girls, as the FA wants to encourage more women in sport - but for boys and mixed coaching, each session costs £2-£5 and usually lasts three hours.

Both girls and boys can get one free session via a voucher available in Lidl stores, or free to download from the Lidl website.

Places are subject to availability and you must book in advance (find your nearest session) - kids must be signed up by a parent or guardian. Holiday football coaching sessions take place during every school holiday, except for Christmas. For more info visit the FA Skills website.
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