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College Praised For Helping Hand In Football Futures Event

Durham FA have praised East Durham College for their help and the use of their “outstanding” facilities over a week-long festival held there during the Easter break.

The Peterlee-based College played host to the Durham FA Football Futures festival which took place over the first week of this year’s Easter holidays.

The event, which is now in its fifth year, attracted 130 students aged between 13-21 over the four days as they took part in a number of football related sessions, which included lessons on coaching and refereeing.

And with more students joining the course than ever this year, Durham FA searched for a new venue, and decided East Durham College’s Willerby Grove Campus would be perfect.

Tina Reed, Football Development Officer at Durham FA, who managed the Football Futures programme, was impressed with what the venue had to offer.

Tina said: “East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus provided us with some outstanding facilities that no other education establishment in our County could compete with.

“From the brand new lecture theatre to the full size 3G and double court sports hall our young leaders were presented with the facilities which were both impressive and entirely appropriate for the type of event they were taking part in with regards to a learning environment.”

And Rose Fraser, Sports Development Officer at East Durham College was glad the College could be a part of this special event.

Rose said: “East Durham College were delighted to be able to host the Football Futures camp and our facilities were certainly put to good use by the young leaders.

“Inspiring the next generation in all types of sport is important to us and the DCFA Football Futures Camp not only gave young people the opportunity to learn how they could get involved through football but also showcased what our College offers too.

“We hear so much bad press about the youth of today, but with programmes and partnerships like this available it just goes to show how getting involved in sport does really change lives.”

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