NESTON youngsters have been fine-tuning their football skills at free football sessions after a sports charity scored funding from the village's Project Rural Matters.

Children aged eight to 16 tackled boredom by bending it like Beckham during the summer break at Stanney Park Playing Field when Street Cage Soccer coach David McDermott ran morning and afternoon training sessions.

Inspector Adele Jones, who heads policing in the area, helps run the Project Rural Matters group - a part-nership made up of community representatives dedicated to working together to tackle community issues.

She said: 'This is an excellent example of the police and their partners listening to and responding to the needs of the community. The young people were telling us they wanted more to do so we looked at ways we could do that, which led us to Street Cage Soccer.

'The Street Cage Soccer team is excellent because it brings in everything that's needed to run professional coaching sessions. All we had to provide was the multi-sport area, which we already have, and the children!'

The three-day courses were funded by Neston's Project Rural Matters. The sessions taught budding pitch stars ball control skills, football tricks, goalkeeping techniques and general football rules.

Young people picked up and practised a whole host of techniques before enjoying a game of footy.

To find out more information about Street Cage Soccer visit the website