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Coaches kick off new community initiative


Three local sports enthusiasts have teamed up to launch a brand new community initiative aimed at encouraging fitness and participation among North East children.

Darlington sportsmen Andrew Jinks and Deano Browne, both 24, and Nick Fox, 23, decided to kick off community coaching company Specifically Sport to help inspire a passion for sport in children and even create future job opportunities for young people.

The trio, who met during a coaching programme in California last summer, are now delivering sports programmes much closer to home in order to educate North East children on a range of sports including football, tag rugby, basketball and tennis. Their services also include various classroom activities.

They have so far appointed 15 trainee coaches to help them deliver these and many other sports and fitness programmes, with hopes of being able to offer many more coaching opportunities in the future.

Specifically Sport founder Andrew, coaching director Deano and events co-ordinator Nick each bring invaluable experience to their roles.
While Nick has graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a degree in Sports Coaching, Andrew has also gained a Sports Coaching and Sports Exercise and Development degree at Sunderland University. He has previously participated in sports programmes in the UK and abroad.

He said: “Setting up a coaching service here in Darlington has been a really exciting experience for us.

“I am really passionate about sports coaching and seeing children improve in their sports knowledge and fitness, and I want to continue passing on my skills and enthusiasm to what will hopefully be many students.”

Deano has eight years’ worth of experience in coaching local school children as part of his work with Darlington Football Club. He has also previously taught maths lessons in which he utilised sports scenarios to help children understand mathematical problems while also developing their sports knowledge.

He said: “It’s great to be a part of Specifically Sport as it means that I can be a positive role model to children throughout Darlington and the North East.

“I’ve grown up participating in many community sports projects and I hope that the three of us can offer the same enjoyable programmes that will help to keep other children out of trouble.”

The Specifically Sport team are fully CRB-checked and are committed to coaching children in highly safe and secure environments. They are now offering five free trial lessons to schools with hopes of inspiring a passion for sporting activities among the pupils.

Specifically Sport will also be marking two special events this year by holding Easter coaching camps and Olympic workshops and coaching activities.

The Company is currently seeking sponsorship to help with funding for new sports equipment and facilities in order to continue delivering the very best services to local children.

To contact the team, or for more information on this new sporting initiative, please visit: www.specificallysport.co.uk.

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