LAMPARD HELPS YOUNGSTERS IMPROVE THEIR SKILLS THIS SUMMER

Frank Lampard’s future at Chelsea and in England for the start of next season may not be confirmed, but he has confirmed he will be available to host a coaching session for 150 competition winners.

Frank LampardThe FA and Tesco are today launching a unique opportunity for young footballers to improve their skills this summer, with the chance of winning a place at an exclusive FA Tesco Skills coaching session hosted by specialist FA Skills coaches and England internationals Frank Lampard and Kelly Smith. This once-in-a- lifetime opportunity is open to 5-11 year old boys and girls across the UK, and will take place at a top level training ground usually reserved for the country’s best footballers. A total of 150 places are up for grabs at the session, with youngsters simply needing to register online at www.TheFA.com/Skills to be in with a chance of winning.

As well as this special coaching session, young footballers will be able to develop their game during the summer holiday thanks to the Tesco Skills Roadshow. During August, this inaugural Roadshow will visit Tesco stores and town centres across England, showcasing The FA Tesco Skills Programme to young players and shoppers. Leading the Roadshow will be a selection of the specialist Skills Coaches, all fully qualified FA coaches who have completed an age appropriate skills coaching course, making them experts in both football and children’s learning needs.

In addition, The FA and Tesco have launched a massive in-store Summer Ball promotion to further help young footballers practice their basic skills. From today, anyone entering a Tesco store throughout the country can buy a bespoke FA Tesco Skills mini-football for just £2.50. On purchasing the ball youngsters will be given a unique code that will allow them to unlock exclusive skills videos from Frank Lampard and Kelly Smith online at www.TheFA.com/Skills.

Co-ordinated by The FA and joint-funded by Tesco and Sport England through the National Sports Foundation, the programme aims to deliver sessions to one million boys and girls by summer 2010.

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England and Chelsea star Frank Lampard said;

Lampard FA This is a great opportunity for kids to work on their football skills during the summer break. As a youngster in the school holidays I would always grab a ball and play football in the garden to help improve my skills. In fact I still put in the extra time now by staying for back after training if there is something that I want to practice.

Sir Trevor Brooking, The FA’s Director of Football Development, added:

Lampard FA The FA Tesco Skills Programme has been a huge success since it launched last summer, with the numbers of kids taking part in skills coaching sessions already topping the 400,000 mark. Along with Tesco and the National Sports Foundation we really feel we can make a difference to the technical skills levels of young players in this country.