We have been invited to Mosset Park, giving the youngsters a chance to find out what it’s like to play in a stadium.
Shaun Moat, Soccer 7s chair said: “We are so grateful to the committee at Mosset Park who are giving us access on September 25 so the kids can have a full match day experience and we want to make sure we can live up to that. We will have players from the Development 4 section right through to the older Soccer 7s playing that day. They will be able to use the changing rooms, run out from the tunnel and we will have tannoy announcements just as though it was a real football match. We want to make it as close to a real match day as we can.”
Shaun added: “The event is on September 25th from 10am and instead of serving pies we will have a BBQ that day. It will be a great fun event and it will also be a chance for those who are thinking about joining the club to see what we get up to.”
Last month, the Soccer 7s received charity status and a sponsored walk secured over £1000 in funding for the club which is run completely by volunteers.
“It’s been a great few weeks for the Soccer 7s. We are still to receive some of the sponsorship money but so far we have raised around £1300. We were blown away by the level of support for the players and their families who did a seven mile walk from Half Davoch back to our pavilion at Grant Park.
“That just after we received charity status has been fantastic. We are really excited about the news that we have become a charity, it’s going to benefit the club no end. It opens up new funding streams for us and means we are eligible for Gift Aid and other charity rates. It also adds a certain level of kudos to the club in that we are able to now say we are a registered charity.”
However, Shaun added that securing coaches for the 16 teams has been more difficult and that they will be looking at how they can attract people when the new season starts next February.
“It has been tough. We are almost a victim of our own success as we have had more teams this year than ever before,” explained Shaun, “but that means we need more coaches and we do appreciate that it does require a certain level of commitment. We have managed and we appreciate all of the hard work that the board, coaches and other volunteers put in, but we are looking at different ways of structuring the coaching staff and training sessions to find a way that will work best for everyone.
“The great news is that we have managed this season and we will be celebrating our end of season on the first weekend of October. The tournament will take place in the park on Saturday October 1st, followed by a celebratory party the day after.”