Posted by: alexbrompton | January 16, 2012

The Beautiful Game

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Now anyone who knows me at all will know that football is not my favourite game. The issue with it is that the ball is the wrong shape and that you are not allowed to pick it up unless you are the only player on the team that has to wear gloves.

However in November 2011 I had a converstaion with a group of 3 guys from the Yorke Drive Estate in Newark soon tuned to the apparently beautiful game.

I started as I always do by introducing myself and asking the question “Tell me what you love about Newark” . This comment was met with great hillarity. I don’t think they had ever been asked to respond to this statement before. It was met mostly with laughter quickly turning to a thoughtful pause and the words “not much”. After a few more questions and some great conversation about the estate where they lived with comments both positive and negative, the conversation turned to the fact that some of these guys were bored and felt that there was nothing to do. “beer in the morning and weed in the afternoon” was the answer from one individual when asked what are your plans for today?

A small project idea came up very quickly. It was simple really, Can we hire out the pavilion on the playing fields to have a kick around once a week. After a couple of informal meetings we were ready to go. halls booked and players ready even I had my trainers on ready to play.

Now in january we have just had our second session wich involved guys from the age of 15 up to 26. Spending just an hour a week involved in a healthy positive activity. I am looking forward to seeing how it will progress. The guys involved are a breath of fresh air and are teaching me a thing or two about the beautiful game. Looking forward to Wednesday evening.


keep an eye on this blog for some more progress reports, thoughts and ideas. Exciting times are ahead.



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  2. Touche. Solid arguments. Keep up tthe amazing effort.

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