Youngsters who attended the latest multi-sports sessions organised by Rochdale AFC’s Football in the Community Trust were paid a surprise visit by some of the Dale first team.
Brian Barry-Murphy and Gary Dicker took part in in the heading skills session at the Soccer Factory, while D’Arcy O’Connor, Scott Tanser and Jamie Allen spent time with children at Siddal Moor Sports College.
The multi-sports sessions, which were held at three venues during the October break - Siddal Moor Sports College, The Soccer Factory and Wardle High School – were once again a hit with attenders, with the indoor facilities proving to be a winner.
Siobhan McElhinney from Dale’s Football in the Community Trust, commented: “It was fantastic seeing the players interacting with the kids, especially Jamie Allen as he was one of the regular attenders at our soccer sessions before being recommended to Dale’s Academy.”
All attenders were presented with certificates of attendance, free tickets for the match against AFC Wimbledon plus other goodies from the club.
Award winners were:
Most Improved: Gavin Newton, George Brogan
Star Performers: Cailen Shepherd, Ashton Ruddy
Skills Winners: Ben Hopwood, Harry Parkinson
Personalities: Denny Green, Jonty Whitehead
Siddal Moor Sports College
Most Improved: Jacob Kaye
Star Performer: Kayden Bell
Skills Winners: Thomas Watters
Personality: Samuel Davis
Wardle High School
Star Performer: Jack Meadows
Most Improved: Leo Bushell
Personality: Max Wallis
The next set of multi-sports sessions take place during the Christmas holidays at the Soccer Factory. Details will be announced in due course.