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Bristol Academy have seen record numbers of girls and boys aged 6-16 attend their football camps this summer holiday.
The success is down to WSL stars Natasha Harding and Ann Marie Heatherson, who have been delivering the camps. Manager Mark Sampson praised their hard work and said: "The girls are fantastic ambassadors for the game."
Parents have also praised the coaches efforts. "Tash and Annie were excellent - they encouraged and gave feedback where appropriate," said Alison Ackerman. Kelly Lewis, whose daughters attended the camps and are looking forward to watching the WSL stars in action on 12th September, described the girls as "Extremely knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and fun."
Young boys and girls have been able to spend time getting to know their sporting heroes, and will now attend the FA WSL match between Bristol Academy and Birmingham City after receiving complimentary tickets from Heatherson and Harding.
Running every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer holidays from 10am-3pm for only £15 a day or £40 for three days, the camps have been an affordable way for kids to stay active over the summer holidays. The day starts with technical work and small sided games before lunch, and the afternoon sees participants compete in a round robin five-a-side tournament.
For the first time ever, Bristol Academy have teamed up with the club's main sponsor, Bristol City Community Trust, to deliver football camps at the fantastic facilities at South Gloucestershire and Stroud college where players have been able to play on indoor and outdoor artificial pitches and take part in a stadium tour.
WSL player and community ambassador Ann Marie Heatherson said: ''it's great to see that the community work is paying off and local girls and boys are attending our camps. It's clear to see that girls football participation is increasing, having 42 attend the camp this week highlights this. We hope all the boys and girls who attended can make it down to our last home game of the season against Birmingham City on September 12th."
Numbers have grown throughout the summer with 42 attending the last camp of the summer, and the Vixens promise to make the October half term camp bigger and better. October's camps will again be run in partnership with Bristol City and will start on Monday October 28th for three days.
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