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Young Dons enjoy returning to Donington pitches

Young footballers were beaming as they left the pitch after their first training session since lockdown finished.

Young Dons coaches and managers were delighted to welcome back a total of 20 children to a field close to Donington Community Centre on Tuesday night.

Children aged between seven and 11 enjoyed a number drills during the hour-long session.

Young Dons are thrilled to be back!
Young Dons are thrilled to be back!

The club followed FA guidance by having groups of five children working with a coach along with asking parents to follow social distancing rules.

Club secretary Angie White said: “Every single one of the children enjoyed the training session. They came off the pitch exhausted but with smiles on their faces – and that is why we run the club.

“Our priority is ensuring the kids enjoy it.

Our Young Dons page (39528982)
Our Young Dons page (39528982)

“Football clubs are important for children’s wellbeing as well as fitness. There are a lot of children that are shy until they get on a the football field.

“It is really important for a village the size of Donington to have a football club.”

Young Dons has been running for a number of years and cater for youngsters aged between four and 17.

It is also hoping to relaunch its mens team in the future.

The club is also hoping to attract new players along with volunteers to act as coaches and managers.

Angie said: “Young Dons is a lovely family orientated club with a nice atmosphere. We would welcome new members and volunteers.”

Training sessions are held on the field near Donington Community Centre on Tuesdays at 6.15pm.

For more information call Angie on 07827 810271.

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