YOUNG footballers in Stratford-upon-Avon have the chance to play and train for free with ex-pro, Dennis Bailey, this weekend.
Bailey, who is the last person to score a league hat-trick against Man United at Old Trafford, is inviting children between 8 and 15 to join him for training over the next six weeks.
The 47-year-old striker finished his career at Stratford Town FC, and he now attends the Renewal Church, which puts on the sessions and meets every Sunday at Stratford High School.
He said: “My church, Renewal, was looking for a way of connecting with young people in local schools, so I started the club.”
Bailey played for Birmingham City, QPR and Gillingham, as well as a whole host of other clubs before joining Stratford.
He said: “Football is also a great medium for encouraging kids to take responsibility and work as a team. It builds confidence and leadership, on and off the pitch.”
Anyone aged 8-15 who wants to play should go to the Ken Kennet Centre, Hodgsons Green, Justin’s Avenue in Stratford at 3pm on Sundays.
The sessions - which are free thanks to the sponsorship from Stratford Town Trust - last for an hour and run for the next 6 weeks.
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