Aspiring Haverhill football coaches get a funding boost

From left: Michael Cornall (Suffolk FA), Ethan Woodley, Jack Tokley, Ian Evans (Abbeycroft Leisure), Owen Thompson, Josh Santry and Peter Betts (Haverhill Community Sports Association). Rhys Shulver was absent from the photo. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160525-174646009
From left: Michael Cornall (Suffolk FA), Ethan Woodley, Jack Tokley, Ian Evans (Abbeycroft Leisure), Owen Thompson, Josh Santry and Peter Betts (Haverhill Community Sports Association). Rhys Shulver was absent from the photo. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160525-174646009
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Some of the next generation of football coaches in Haverhill have received a boost to their ambitions thanks to a new bursary scheme.

Ethan Woodley, Jack Tokley, Josh Santry, Rhys Shulver and Owen Thompson have each benefitted from a pot of money made available through a partnership between the Suffolk FA (SFA), Abbeycroft Leisure and the Haverhill Community Sports Association (HCSA).

The funding is specifically designated for the Haverhill area and offered bursaries covering up to 70 per cent of the cost of football coaching courses.

Applicants had to write a letter outlining why they wanted the bursary, why they felt they deserved it and how they were going to make it relevant to what did in later life.

A three-person panel, made up of one representative each from the SFA, HCSA and Abbeycroft then selected the candidates they thought most deserving of the funding.

HCSA football development officer for Haverhill, Peter Betts, explained: “Some are doing three or four courses and some only one course, ranging from FA Level One and Level Two, FA Coaching Disability Football, FA Futsal Award, FA Youth Award Module One and the FA Goalkeeping Coaching.

“People forget that the HCSA, Abbeycroft and Suffolk FA are non-profit organisations that are trying to put back into the community and trying to increase opportunities for people in the community.

“I think it’s great for me because we increase these young people’s employment opportunities, enhance their opportunities and help them to do something they are going to enjoy doing.”

The bursaries will also go towards another aim of the HCSA, to help increase the retention of young people within football.