A local junior team’s visit to a Chesterfield training session was the motivation they needed to end their losing run.
Having set up the team last year, Barlborough Under-8s were struggling in the league. They were yet to win a game and had suffered some heavy defeats.
The youngsters were a team very much in need of a morale boost so Gillian Logan, a mother of one of the youngsters, contacted the Spireites and asked if they could come down to a training session.
Barlborough Under-8s duly attended a morning session at Cylinders Sports Ground, where they were able to watch the first-team being put through their paces, speak to manager Paul Cook and even receive a coaching session with academy coach Ashley Foyle.
“They’re only eight years old so it’s all about them enjoying their football. The main thing is for them to practice as often as they can,” said Ashley.
Ben Perry, Barlborough Under-8s coach, thought the players would benefit from the experience and be able to take it forward into their own game. He said, “They’ve all been excited about coming, I think they’re picking up the ideas in the way that they need to train and keep fit.”
The young players had a fantastic morning and left having gained some valuable experience. The session had that such a big impact on the youngsters that the Chesterfield media department received an email from Gillian the following week saying that Barlborough Under-8s had won their first game of the season!