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Children at our Summer Soccer Camps were treated to a visit from Barnsley FC and Barnsley FC Ladies players earlier today.
New signing Kenny Dougall and Zeki Fryers were joined by Ladies midfield duo Amy Woodruff and Rebecca Feevers.
The four Reds players took part in a Q&A session with the participants about representing Barnsley Football Club and life as a footballer.
Children then had the chance to gain signatures and pictures with the players.
Dougall, on his first player visit since moving to Oakwell in the Summer, enjoyed meeting the participants at Soccer Camps for the first time.
He said: “It’s obviously great, exciting to see youngsters who are enthusiastic about the game. If we can encourage them along, it’s something me and the other boys like to do. It’s part of our job!
It’s important, a chance to connect with young fans and young football followers. It’s something I like personally to do.
I’ve moved here and only been here 2 weeks, it’s nice to see how the local kids, all the other supporters of Barnsley football club interact with the team it’s always nice to engage at the local level.
It’s important the ladies football team is part of club it’s something that should be more paraded!
The Barnsley Ladies are set for an exciting season with new ownership and under the guidance of manager Chris Hamilton.
Hamilton’s side will also be making regular player visits in partnership with Reds in the Community throughout their FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division One campaign, which begins on the 26th August away at Chester-Le-Street Town.
Woodruff, who has been in fine goalscoring form throughout pre-season so far, says that the Ladies are looking forward to getting further involved in the local community and gave an update on the side ahead of the 18/19 season.
She said: “It’s been really positive to be part of, and we are looking forward to be part of Barnsley FC as a whole. Getting us involved will inspire the younger teams, they’ll all be inspired to keep working and pushing towards the first team when they are older.
We’ve had a really positive pre-season with good results against teams in the league above us it’s come together nicely as a team it’s a good environment to be in. the fitness and the workrate we have put in the preseason will become accounted for in the real season, we are hoping to finish in the top three and keep progressing.”
Soccer Camps are available for children aged 5-14 while we also run a Mini-Kickers session every Friday from 10am-11am for youngsters aged 2-4.
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