Here are the This Is Our Town programme notes from the Hatters Sky Bet League Two fixture against Swindon Town.
SUMMER SOCCER CAMP 2017 - FUN WITH THE FIRST TEAM
Massive thanks to the first team who all turned out at our soccer camps over the summer holidays to meet over 800 young Hatters who attended the courses all over Luton and Bedfordshire. It makes such a difference to all of our young footballers when they have the chance to meet a real life professional footballer and all of our players were on form batting away questions about wages, cars and favourite players etc, while handing out our famous LTFC medals and prizes to all of our competition winners. Only six weeks until October half term!
SKILLS PERFORMANCE CENTRES - TALENT IDENTIFICATION PROGRAMME
Book your place online at www.lutontowncommunity.co.uk
Monday sees the start of our 2017-18 Skills Performance Centre talent identification programme which feeds into our youth development structure. We have 12 regional football development centres, with three in Luton, open to all youngsters aged from school year 2 up to year 11.
The Skills coaching centres offer termly programmes ending with a trial match for everyone. Successful boys then progress onto our centre of excellence and pre-academy development centres, with eventual pathways into our youth academy.
Our successful ‘Skills’ Development Programme is now in its tenth year of operation and provide high quality coaching for up and coming young footballers. Whether you’re an ambitious player wanting to progress towards becoming a professional, or a newcomer wanting to develop the basics, the Skills Programme has something to offer you. To date over 70 players have been signed into our development programme through the Skills programme, which has proved our most successful recruitment tool in the past.
The cost is £25-£35 per term, which includes practical sessions and one assessment. In addition to the trial match, players will receive a report on their personal development during the programme.
If our coach feels you have shown the right levels of ability and attitude during the term you will be given the opportunity to progress to the Centre of Excellence/PreAcademy. Players who display talent can be moved through the programme after only a few weeks if appropriate. All players receive a written player assessment towards the end of term.
Our weekly centres run in Arlesey, Bedford, Dunstable, Flitwick/ Ampthill, Harpenden, Kempston, Leighton Buzzard, Luton (3), Milton Keynes, St Albans and Wheathampstead.
If you would like further information on the programme starting next week, simply ring the Community Trust office on 01582 737568 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an information leaflet. You can book your place online at www.lutontowncommunity.co.uk