As a result of a long-term sponsorship deal with Deutsche Bank, the Programme will this year continue to feature a mix of competitions and training sessions for pupils in Years 6 and 7 from a broad range of schools across the island. All training and tournament matches will take place over the course of the summer at the Beach Soccer Jersey Association (BSJA) site in St Aubin Bay, in front of the Old Station Café.
As part of the Programme, free ‘Sunday Sessions’ skills training will be held throughout the summer until September, open to all pupils, who can simply turn up to take part. In addition, at least 13 primary and secondary schools are also due to benefit from individual school training sessions on Mondays until July.
Having been launched in 2010, the ‘Beach Soccer Schools Cup’, Jersey’s only competitive beach soccer tournament for school children, also returns. Victoria College Prep will be defending their title in the Primary Schools Cup and Victoria College in the Secondary Schools Cup, with the finals for both competitions scheduled to take place in July.
Away from the Development Programme, the open invite 5-a-side Deutsche Bank Junior and Men’s Beach Soccer Challenge Cups are also returning for the third consecutive year, with both Cups due to take place on Sunday 4th August.
Will Partington, Head of Beach Soccer for the Jersey Football Association and organiser of the Development Programme, said:
“The consistent support we’ve received from Deutsche Bank over the last few years has meant we’ve been able to ramp up our programme to offer pupils in Jersey a range of opportunities to get involved in beach soccer, take part in training sessions and play competitive matches. This year, we’re building on what we’ve achieved in recent years to continue to involve schools and a high number of pupils in individual sessions and cup competitions, and to encourage them to get the most out of the sport. The enthusiasm we continue to see from the schools is fantastic and is certainly helping build a vibrant beach soccer community in Jersey.”
Paul Shevlin, Chief Operating Officer, Deutsche Bank, added:
“Thanks to the fantastic ongoing work of Will and the BSJA, an excellent infrastructure for beach soccer is now in place in Jersey, which is clearly being warmly welcomed by schools and pupils alike. I am delighted that, as a keen supporter of sports development initiatives, Deutsche Bank is associated with a sport that is building a strong following locally and making a positive difference in introducing young people to the sport and helping to build their confidence and life skills.”
The BSJA is responsible for beach soccer in Jersey and runs league and cup events for youth and senior players. Affiliated to the English Beach Soccer Association, the BSJA has links with the England national team and FIFA, the governing body of the sport. Further information about the Deutsche Bank Beach Soccer Development Programme can be found at www.beachsoccerjersey.com or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.