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Last Updated: Tuesday March 18 2008 18:26 GMT

In pictures: Kids try out free footie training

The England team that faced Switzerland at Wembley in February 2008

Good news if you fancy your chances as an England footballer one day - the Football Association is spending loads of cash to help train young players.

Someone kicking a ball

They're hoping one million kids will take advantage of their free training sessions, which are aimed at boosting confidence and decision-making skills and most of all having fun!

Bradley, 11

Bradley, 11, said the sessions were really good as they teach you all the basic skills. "You learn how to control a ball better than you do at school," he said.

Liam, 10

"It's different because you don't mess around and you have someone to supervise you and teach you," added Liam.

Lloyd, 11

Lloyd said he liked the new programme because it's fun: "I love all the little games in it and the big match at the end."

Toby, 11

Toby said he preferred the new training sessions because "you can learn more skills and how to control the ball and pass it better".

Jake, 10

"You can make new friends," added Jake. "It's like messing around with your mates, but actually training and getting better at being a footballer while you're having fun."

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But it's not just kids in England benefitting from extra cash. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, thousands get free coaching, and in Wales they're committed to creating new pitches.

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