Young people in Hattersley are set to receive free football coaching, thanks to a new community project supported by Peak Valley Housing Association.

City in the Community, Manchester City’s foundation, delivers the Kicks programme to young people aged 11 to 24 years, and aims to use the power of football to engage young people at risk of crime and antisocial behaviour, and direct them to more positive actions.

Those who sign up will also get the opportunity to work towards FA accredited certificates and receive help to apply for local apprenticeships and work opportunities.

The project in Hattersley has been made possible thanks to Peak Valley, who have funded the sessions through their value for money (VFM) savings made last year.

And now the housing association, which has more than 1,500 properties in Hattersley and Mottram, is ploughing the money back into the community, in the form of a series of projects to benefit local people.

The sessions, all led by qualified FA coaches, will run from the Ken Ward Sports Centre every Friday between 8pm – 9pm.

Sam Cooper, Community Investment Officer for Peak Valley, said: ‘Tenants have been telling us that they wanted us to help put on activities for the youth so we are pleased to welcome community football back to Hattersley’.