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Switch of play as club holds web sessions

20 November, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

Pro Touch footballers during a training session at Burgess Park, Southwark, before the latest lockdown

A YOUTH football club is ready to pitch in with free online sessions right up until Easter in a bid to support players and their families during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, writes Steve Barnett.

Just before the latest lockdown, scores of youngsters from Pro Touch SA enjoyed a change of scene when they swapped the artificial turf at Market Road in Islington for Burgess Park in Southwark. And while coaches admit nothing can top “face-to-face training”, they are ready to be “digitally active” for as long as is needed.

“It’s vital that we continue to host our weekly Zoom sessions,” explained Pro Touch founder Ash Rahman.

“They’re about more than just training and fitness drills.

“Just this week our Under-8s side and their parents met up virtually to take part in a fun quiz and enjoy a bit of banter with their teammates. It’s a great way for the club to stay together, and let our Pro Touch family know they’re not alone at this difficult time.”

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