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Jackson's half-term football course impresses kids and parents alike
3:41pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
By Rebecca James
ADDICKS skipper Johnnie Jackson has been passing on the tricks of the trade to youngsters this half-term at his new football academy.
The Johnnie Jackson academy is aimed at girls and boys aged between five and 14, and first impressions from those taking part are that it has been a resounding success.
And now the Charlton midfielder is hoping to host similar courses for youngsters during forthcoming school holidays.
He said: “We’re really pleased with it, we’ve had two great days and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
“We want to build on this and have the courses every half term, we also want to start going into schools.”
Monday’s big opening unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the previous night’s storm, but the following two days went ahead and the parents and kids were full of praise.
Charlotte Wheeler had two of her children taking part and was delighted with how it had gone.
She said: “It’s an amazing experience for the kids and it is brilliant for Johnnie Jackson to give back to the community.
“It’s something special to be able to play football and be coached with your favourite footballer.”
Another parent Jacqui Hodges thought it was a great idea to keep children busy in the school holidays.
“I think it’s also good for the kids to be mixing with other boys and girls of different ages,” she explained.
“It’s good for them and it keeps them busy and active in the holidays.
“My son is really happy here, the coaches are so friendly and it has got a great community feeling.
“I hope it continues.”
Her 11-year-old son Charlie added: “It’s been great, I have supported Charlton since I was young and playing football with Johnnie is amazing, he is my favourite player.
“I would love to do it every half-term.”
The boys and girls who took part all went home with certificates, as well as having photographs taken with Jackson and Addicks keeper Ben Hamer, who also signed shirts and leaflets.
For more information on future Johnnie Jackson academies, visit jacksonacademy.co.uk or follow @JackoAcademy on Twitter.
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