As we both lived in Hillingdon, travelling to Ealing every Saturday morning was getting harder and more challenging. We’ve both looked at the situation and, after a little research, realised that there really isn’t any Soccer schools in our area. So, we’ve decided that move to our neighbourhood would be the best. Although initially we didn’t want to leave Ealing Soccer school altogether, after a few months we’ve discovered that it would be tough to combine the two on the same day.
Hillingdon project was born! This time we’ve decided that a bit of advertising would help – so, I’ve designed some leaflets and off we went with door to door leafleting in Oak Farm & Long Lane area. I must admit, I didn’t particularly enjoy that part, but raising the awareness had to be done somehow. We’ve also had website and started getting engaged on Social media as well.
In the first year of starting Soccer school in Hillingdon, we were overwhelmed with response and loved the fact that, once again, we were making the difference in the community. We both continued our progress as coaches and completed Level 2 in Coaching football. Children of all ages were joining and soon we would find that we would need more work force. Volunteers are not easy to find so we actively looked to get someone with plenty of enthusiasm, was good with children and loved football. Enter Annie Hewitt. After completing her Level One course, Annie came and looked after the youngest group, 5 to 7 year olds and did an amazing job. Thank you Annie! At that stage, we have formed an older group of boys & girls who would soon start to ask – “When are we going to play a match?” The path towards starting up a club was open…..