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Last Updated: Monday February 07 2005 08:13 GMT

Free sports skills clubs for kids

Hockey at school
A new scheme of free after-school clubs is being set up to help kids enjoy sport and improve their skills.

The Youth Sport Trust is getting 1m from the government to help kids get better at throwing, catching, balance and co-ordination.

The clubs aim to help everyone, from those who are just having fun, to kids who might be the next David Beckham.

The Trust wants to have 800 clubs running in Britain by the end of 2006, with free places for all.

It's part of the government's drive to increase the amount of exercise that kids do.

The clubs should also help kids who show talent in a particular sport, like football or tennis.

Sports Minister Richard Caborn said: "Who knows - one of these young people could be representing Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics."

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