THE FOOTBALL field at Hatherleigh has looked extremely colourful on the last few Sunday mornings, as football coaching for young players has really taken off.
Hatherleigh welcomes a return of youth football to the town's already thriving football club.
More than 50 boys and girls have attended the Sunday morning sessions under the guidance of qualified Football Association level 1 coaches, Andy Bennett, Gary Knight and Rob Reed.
There are two friendly matches in the pipeline, and hopefully a red and black kit planned for the teams.
Eager young footballers attend, not just from Hatherleigh but neighbouring villages, including South Zeal, Petrockstowe, Halwill and Black Torrington.
The enthusiasm is great to see, from the youngest boys and girls, whose bibs are very nearly down to their ankles, to the very keen and more knowledgeable older group of eight and above. More players are welcome.
The group is planning to enter a float at this year's Carnival, but I can't help feeling the youngsters would rather be out there on the field, kicking a ball about than waving rather sheepishly on a float.
How extremely fortunate Hatherleigh is in having such a great facility in its football ground and such talented and dedicated coaches, to ensure their youngsters are out there in the fresh air, developing new skills and making new friends.
I'm sure they could find room for a few more on Sunday mornings from 10am.