Kids can’t beat a visit by Coke

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Football-mad youngsters got a special surprise when Sheffield Wednesday star Giles Coke dropped in on their kickabout.

Soccer sessions were held at Meadowhall car park where children aged five to 14 could try out their football skills with help from Owls-qualified coaches.

The scheme, held in partnership with the club, also gave talented would-be players the chance to progress to Wednesday’s development centre.

Star midfielder Giles, who scored a screamer on the opening day of the season to beat Brighton away, dropped in to visit the sessions.

He said: “I love coming down to events like these where the kids can come and get involved, improve their football skills and have a bit of fun.

“Players really enjoy getting involved in with the work of the SWFC Community Programme and attending events across the city where we get the opportunity to meet fans of all ages.”

Meadowhall Events Manager Alex Caley added: “We love to hear from our customers and, from speaking to parents who come into the centre, we know one of the biggest challenges during the summer holidays is keeping the kids entertained without spending a fortune.

“It has given children from South Yorkshire and further afield an opportunity to get active.”