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Big break for soccer kids

PUBLISHED: 17:41 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:12 23 August 2010

FOOTBALL centres have been set up across Kent in a bid to get budding soccer stars on the road to a professional career. More than 200 children aged five to 12 will be invited to Football Advanced Centres held in Maidstone, Bromley, Erith and Gravesend o

FOOTBALL centres have been set up across Kent in a bid to get budding soccer stars on the road to a professional career.

More than 200 children aged five to 12 will be invited to Football Advanced Centres held in Maidstone, Bromley, Erith and Gravesend organised by Grass Roots Soccer Schools.

Some young hopefuls have been selected from thousands of children already attending Grass Roots courses and from next week, coaches will be on the lookout for more talent to join the Advanced Centres from next April at the Arsenal Development Centre.

Coaches will be recruiting at soccer workshops during the October half term in Crayford, Dartford and Gravesend.

Invitations have already been delivered to budding footballers but spaces are still available for a chance to win a place at the Advanced Centres from April 21, 2009. Office manager of the scheme, Tim Rickson said: "Each year there will be yet another talented youngster recommended to the Arsenal Development Centre. This will be our fifth year of Advanced Centres and so far there have been five children sign contracts with the club. We are very proud of the talent produced and hope to see more young hopefuls progressing to the next stage."

The 10-week training at the Advanced Centre is to offer a more advanced programme of coaching focusing on both technical and tactical attributes of the game.

For more information on October Half Term courses, call 01474 874 937 to book a place or visit www.grassrootssoccerschools.com.

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