Juniors’ scheme based upon Lynn

King's Lynn's football in the community programme is here to stay. Sponsors, partners and coaches hammered home that simple message when they relaunched the successful scheme to dispel any lingering fears the established coaching network was under threat.

King's Lynn's football in the community programme is here to stay.

Sponsors, partners and coaches hammered home that simple message when they relaunched the successful scheme to dispel any lingering fears the established coaching network was under threat.

Linnets' chairman Ken Bobbins re-affirmed the club's commitment to the programme - currently in its fourth year - that teaches more than 1000 children each week.

"We are delighted the scheme will now be centred around the football club," he said. "That can only be a good thing for King's Lynn FC and the wider football community in West Norfolk.


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"Both the club and the existing partners are working hard to develop the scheme further, which is only possible with the continued generous support of our sponsors Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, Masterfoods Ltd and Kitchens Etc."

Area coach Dan Buhlemann is one of five coaches working closely with the KES school sports' co-ordinators under the guidance of UEFA 'A'-qualified coach Keith Rudd.

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Buhlemann emphasises the scheme is about access to high quality tuition, with each coach FA-qualified and fully insured.

"The bottom line is helping the children become the best they can be," he said.

"There are so many progression routes right from Saturday morning juniors upwards. Every weekday during term time we have something on.

"Each child gets their own ball to work with so within 15 minutes of a session they will have hundreds of touches to improve their skills.

"The ones with some technical ability could get invited to advanced PDCs and progress to West Norfolk age group squads or even King's Lynn youth and reserve sides.

"The likes of Luke Fell are now on the fringes of the first team and, longer term, the aim has to be producing more homegrown players.

"A lot of people were worried about the scheme and there has been a fair bit of confusion, but the coaches and the courses on offer haven't changed. The football club has just decided to take more of an active role."

Plans are already on the table to expand the scheme by broadening its sporting provision across the 11 high schools and 105 primary schools in the catchment area.

"We have a great relationship with the schools and a few have asked us to deliver coaching in other areas like rugby and athletics," said Buhlemann.

"With the right qualifications we would hope to offer a full range of physical activity around our football core. The scheme has to be self supporting and self financing. Any surplus on top of running costs goes back into developing the programme.

"We have West Norfolk squad trials for girls planned in the near future and possible girls teams.

"If we could roll out advanced PDCs in every area that opens up the possibility of representative matches."

The programme currently delivers a range of integrated provision from: school fundraising challenge initiatives, adidas football festivals, shooting and goalkeeping clinics, half-term coaching, player development centres (PDCs), advanced PDCs and West Norfolk squads.

For further information contact your local area coach.

Dan Buhlemann (King's Lynn, Terrington, Marshland): 07944 035269. Dan Hammond (Wisbech, Downham): 07813 299660. Jess Ibrom (Hunstanton): 07775 796131. Craig Chadderton (Litcham, Swaffham): 07749 984452. Will Kirkham (Long Sutton): 07710 138541.

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