Hull City legend Dean Windass launches soccer school
HULL City hero Dean Windass is hoping his new Soccer School will unearth a future Wembley hero.
Windass is planning to open his first Dean Windass Soccer School in time for the Easter holidays, from March 25 to April 5.
From then on, he plans to stage them during every school holiday, with coaching provided by himself and ex-Tigers Bryan Hughes and Darren France.
Having enjoyed a professional career which spanned almost 20 years, Windass is delighted to be giving something back.
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"I've been thinking about doing it for a while," he told the Mail.
"It will give the kids a chance to express themselves in a friendly environment and parents can rest assured they will be well looked after.
"There may be one or two from the group that could surprise us and go on to be stars. But the important thing from my point of view is that the kids enjoy their time there.
"I'll have a smile on my face and I want them to do the same."
Windass has worked closely with Karen Arundel and Ken Fellows to set up his Soccer School, with the first training sessions to be held on pitches at Rosmead Street.
If all goes well, the Tigers hero hopes to open further schools in west Hull and Bradford, where he spent six years in two different spells.
As a youngster, Windass learned his skills on park pitches and he wishes he could have benefited from a similar scheme.
However, he feels it's important to do everything possible to help give the next generation the best chance of making it as a footballer.
"The FA are trying to improve grassroots football," he said. "I want to do my own little bit and I believe it will be very beneficial to the kids and parents.
"It will get them off the streets and playing football and keep them fit, which is what we all want.
"Football camps like these can do so much more than just develop a child's football skills.
"It can also improve their discipline.
"This is something I really believe in and hope it pays dividends in the long run."
Everyone who attends the school will be rewarded with medals at a Presentation Night on April 11.
The first Dean Windass Soccer School is available to boys and girls aged from 7 to 14. Prices start at £15 for a one-day session, £30 for three days and £48 for a five-day camp.
To book, visit deanwindasssoccer.co.uk or ring (01482) 218904.