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Soccer: BEST SUMMER YET; Hundreds join in Cardiff City coaching courses.

Byline: Peter Bibby

HUNDREDS of budding young soccer stars enjoyed a summer of soccer fun and games with the Bluebirds.

More than 750 boys and girls took part in 11 coaching courses staged by Cardiff City during the school holidays.

The stars came out too, with Bluebirds skipper Graham Kavanagh among the players who attended the courses to meet and chat to youngsters and sign autographs.

New signings Richard Langley and Tony Vidmar also turned out, along with Peter Thorne, Andy Campbell, Willie Boland and Mark Bonner.

Last week's final courses proved to be hugely popular with more than 90 joining the Bluebirds Babes sessions and almost 30 on the goalkeeping course in Cardiff.

And the next series of soccer schools is on the way, with courses due to be announced shortly for the October half-term break.

In fact, there is soon going to be an even bigger choice of courses for football-crazy kids in South Wales.

Cardiff City are taking on at least two new regional football development managers to look after the areas of Rhondda Cynon Taf and Bridgend.

They are likely to introduce specialist courses, including soccer schools for girls, into all regions.

City football in the community manager Derek Clydesdale said: 'We've had our best summer of soccer coaching yet.

'There is some cracking young football talent in this area which we will be keeping a close eye on to ensure the best players end up with Cardiff City.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 26, 2003
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