Shrewsbury Finds Football Coaching Popular at Schools

Youth for Christ in Shrewsbury, Britain, recently benefited from the itinerant football cage team’s visit to their area.

The team, called Nomad, had a successful debut at Priory and Belvidere, and then The Cage went down equally well at Sundorne with pupils queuing up to use it during the lunch-hour. Geoff Pettengell (head teacher) is keen for it to be used in the future at the school as are the Priory and Belvidere heads of P.E.

Nomad also delivered lessons at Meole Brace School which were well received despite the fact that they were not able to use the Cage (a decision of the MBS Senior Management Team).

Evening events also went well with good numbers attending each of the youth club nights. On a Friday evening, YFC Shrewsbury hosted its own event for about 25 young people who came and had a great evening. Alongside The Cage, the group also ran some crafts, and other sports in the Sports Hall as well as selling tuck and serving muffins and hot chocolate.

The CSOs who came along to visit were also impressed with The Cage and arrived just as team member, Sammy, was giving a 5 minute testimony! As a result of what she shared of her own faith journey, and at her invitation, three young people came to talk to her afterwards and prayed with her.

The program leaders were also thrilled that 13 CU leaders/members from 6 schools/colleges came along to their training session on Sunday afternoon and went away better equipped and with lots of ideas to run their own groups, some of which they will continue to support throughout the year.