Following the return of grassroots football, our Lowestoft Town F.C Scholars have been giving back to the local community, delivering fun football sessions as part of the Brian Gallagher Community Football Fund.
Managed by former Football Industry College Scholar now apprentice Conor Nicole, the weekly sessions enable children aged 5-12 to get active, make friends and have fun with a range of football games, activities and mini matches.
Named after the late Brian Gallagher, the community sessions delivered by the scholars are designed to build on Brian’s legacy and ethos of ‘fun football, for all’ and its popularity has seen increasing numbers week on week.
On a personal level the Brian Gallagher Community Sessions has given me the opportunity to coach across a range of age groups in a friendly, fun, non-competitive environment. Having planned and delivered different sessions on a weekly basis it is rewarding to see the boys and girls having fun and is a privilege to help continue Brian’s legacy.Connor Lewis – Lowestoft Town F.C Football Industry College Scholar
The scholars not only have the opportunity to gain valuable coaching experience but also have the challenge of planning and delivering sessions week on week to ensure they are original, fun and cater for all abilities while developing their leadership and confidence skills.
The sessions also provide children the opportunity to gain points towards end of term prizes, which can be gained by learning new football skills, showing progress and positive behavioural attributes such as showing respect, good sportsmanship, positive attitude , encouraging peers and helping out the coaches.
It’s fantastic to see the Community Football Sessions be named after Brian, continuing his etho’s and legacy of ‘football for all’. Seeing the children having fun, while at the same time developing positive behavioural skills through the engaging sessions the Football Industry Scholars deliver is a joy to watch. Bringing communities together was a passion of Brian’s to ensure all boys and girls had the opportunity play football within a non-competitive environment. Connor and the scholars have truly brought into this philosophy and it’s great that they are gaining valuable experience for their CVs, while putting big smiles on the children and parents faces. Brian would have loved it!”David Gallagher