Spier-heading youth football in Mansfield Woodhouse

Mansfield Woodhouse resident Kevin Spier, right, is starting an Under 10's Junior Football Team supported by County Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, second left, and ward Councillor Ann Norman, third left, pictured with them on Friday is 8 year old Mitchell Jennings, left and Kevins partner Wendy Beresford with her daughter Ellie Williams, centre.
Mansfield Woodhouse resident Kevin Spier, right, is starting an Under 10's Junior Football Team supported by County Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, second left, and ward Councillor Ann Norman, third left, pictured with them on Friday is 8 year old Mitchell Jennings, left and Kevins partner Wendy Beresford with her daughter Ellie Williams, centre.

A MANSFIELD Woodhouse man is setting up a junior football team to encourage children to exercise and keep them out of trouble.

Kevin Spier (44) has been running training sessions for Under 10s in the area for a couple of months and wants to enter the team, named The Woodhouse Angels Football Club, for the 2012-13 season.

“Although I’ve been living in Mansfield Woodhouse for less than a year I’ve noticed how many kids just seem to be loitering about and don’t seem to have anything do,” he said.

“I’m an ex-semi professional myself and thought what can I do to get these kids off the street and do something for the community I live in?”

Kevin contacted Mansfield District Council and was given backing by his ward councillors Joyce Bosnjak and Ann Norman and has been running training sessions at The Lords Ground in Mansfield Woodhouse.

“We had a fantastic response from the council and some sponsors as well and we have around seven or eight players signed up at the moment,” added Kevin.

“It is an Under 10s football team and we’re looking for more players to join, anyone aged 10 and under can come along to the training sessions, we’ve had a tremendous response already.

“The training sesssions have been going very well, the kids absolutely love it and they enjoy having a run around.

“We’d like more players to sign up as the time is approaching for clubs to register for next season.

“I’ve told the kids who have come training that it doesn’t matter if they win, lose or draw - the most important thing is that they play football and enjoy themselves.”

The Woodhouse Angels Football Club trains at The Lords Ground in Mansfield Woodhouse on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30 to 5.30pm.

For information on how to join the team contact Kevin Spier on 07713 250162.