Young Dinnington footballers head for Italian football tournament

13 May 2014

Italy beckons a young team of Rotherham footballers who have been invited to play in a youth tournament in the north of the country next month.

Dinnington Town Under 11s will be the only non-Italian team in a festival of football which will involve over 500 youngsters playing in 40 teams across the province of Padua.

The South Yorkshire team are special guests at the 7-aside regional competition being held in the town of Campodoro on Monday June 2nd.

Dinnington team coach Adrian Knight said: “It’s an incredible opportunity for the team. It will not just be about the football but the whole experience of playing in a different country with a different culture, language and customs. We are really looking forward to it.”

The team’s unique invitation came via Adrian’s Italian connections – his girlfriend Paola Bortolozzo is Italian and the couple regularly visit her family out there.

Adrian said: “We got chatting to people involved in the youth football scene during our last visit and one thing has led to another. Our invitation to join in the tournament came in the post in January and we have been fundraising to prepare for the trip ever since.”

Sponsored walks, supermarket bag packs and donations from local Rotherham councillor Jacquie Falvey and Dinnington Town Council have all helped fund the trip which is costing parents and club over £2,000. Worksop-based Provide Education Ltd sponsor the Dinnington team’s strip and the squad have new hooded tops for the expedition.

Provide Education’s managing director Barry Simmons, whose son plays for the team and will be one of the parents accompanying the kids on their trip, said: “It will be a fantastic opportunity for the boys to experience competitive football in another country. They’ll also play in a formal stadium setting with parents on the terraces and we’re told the tournament attracts local TV coverage. The kids are very excited about the whole experience.”

The Dinnington Under 11s play in the Sheffield Hallamshire Junior Football Association’s Division C league and since Adrian became coach a year ago, they have strengthened the squad from just six to 13 registered players.

Ten players are off to Italy and the trip will involve a tour of Venice. Many of the players and parents will also stay with Italian families.

Adrian said: “It’s a great way to end the season and we are now looking forward to recruiting more players for the Under 12s next season. Anyone can come along to training on a Thursday night to give it a try.”

Dinnington Town’s Under 12s free training sessions are held every Thursday 6pm at Dinnington football ground. To find out more, please contact Adrian on 07581 018674 or adiknight2011@gmail.com

Provide Education is a recruitment agency with offices in Shireoaks Triangle Business Park, Worksop. The company works with schools across South Yorkshire and East Midlands and places hundreds of supply teachers and support staff into job vacancies every month.

Notes to Editor

Photo shows Dinnington Town Junior Football Club Under 11s (under 12s next season) Front Row (l-r) Erik Ziga, Rhys Lyons, Matthew Simmons, Ben Elliott and Louis Knight. Back row (l-r) Kyle Richardson, Jack Booth, Blake Macefield, Lewis Nadin and Thomas Robinson with coach Adrian Knight (back far left) with match officials. Players not pictured are Daniel Robinson, Callum Elliott and Ben Oliver.

For more information, contact Dinnington Town Junior FC coach Adrian Knight on 07581 018674 or adiknight2011@gmail.com

Contact Barry Simmons at Provide Education on 01909 512190 or bjsimmons@provide-education.co.uk. Visit www.provide-education.co.uk or on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Additional media contact: Steph Pollard on 01226 766900 or 0776 196 4492 or at steph@capitalbmedia.co.uk

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