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Barry pupils have a football festival of fun at Colcot.

TOTAL football came to Barry's Colcot Sports Centre when more than 50 primary school pupils honed their skills at a 4v4 football festival, organised by the Vale of Glamorgan Council's football development unit.

Taking inspiration from the Dutch-style of coaching that has created countless stars, such as Dennis Bergkamp and Robin van Persie, the festival saw teams play four-a-side matches in which players had to think quickly and out-skill their opponents.

Vale of Glamorgan Football Academy officer Nathan Nurton, who is a member of the Vale Council's sports and play development team, said: "Under the 4v4 style of coaching the players don't have any set positions and this encourages them to have more touches of the ball, make quick decisions and communicate well with their team-mates. It also allows them to be experimental and skilful in the way that they play."

The festival was attended by pupils from eight local primary schools - Llancarfan Primary, Y Bont Faen, St Joseph's Primary, Pendoylan, High Street Primary, Sully Primary, Palmerston Primary and Holton Primary.

Also on hand to coach the youngsters was Grant Kalahar, who started work last month as the Welsh Football Trust's new football development officer for the Vale of G lamorgan.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 17, 2008
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