Keith Nobbs hopes more kids take up Soccer Course placesPools Community Sports Foundation Officer Keith Nobbs has insisted that the Olympics can play a big part in inspiring local youngsters to take up the beautiful game.
Nobbs was this week overseeing another successful Summer Soccer Course at Dyke House School where over 60 children have turned out to enjoy the sunshine and the sport.
And after the exposure given to both men and women playing football for Great Britain at the Olympics, Nobbs says he's not surprised by the extra energy and enthusiasm in the youngsters.
"When the sun is shining like this it's so great to see so many children here, both boys and girls, taking advantage of the excellent facilities," he explained.
"We have well over 60 kids here today from the age of five upwards and I'm sure that the Olympics has given sport a little extra buzz and it's a great way to promote these types of courses.
"I think the brilliant thing was us having games here in the north east at Newcastle - that was excellent to see the Olympic football in our region and that can be an inspiration.
"In Steph Houghton we have local girl who has been scoring goals at Wembley in front of 70,000 people which is just amazing.
"As well as that I think the way things are run with the FA now is helping the women's game - and the teams in the league are doing well at both home and in Europe which shows how strong it's becoming in this country.
"We have plenty of girls on the courses we run and I hope that number continues to rise on the back of what the ladies have done so far in the Olympics.
"At the end of the day though, it doesn't matter whether you're a boy or a girl, we try to make our coaching sessions fun and enjoyable, whatever the ability of the young players who come along.
"We get the Pools players down too which goes down really well with the kids so hopefully they all enjoy themselves during their time on the courses."