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Football academy puts the fun into lockdown

Posted onPosted on 3rd Jun

A popular children’s football academy in Mansfield has continued to work with its members through free online sessions.

Kixx Mansfield, which is owned by Rainworth-born footballer and FA Trophy winner Liam King, had to quickly revise the way it delivered academy sessions to keep its young members active and having fun during the coronavirus lockdown.

Kixx released interactive football academy sessions on Facebook every weekend. Throughout each week it has also been setting fun challenges, providing continuous activities for free and even reading popular children’s bedtime stories.

Liam, head coach at Kixx Mansfield, said: “The comments and emails received since the launch of the online sessions have been very humbling.

“Although we had to revise our methods very quickly, we still wanted to do things the Kixx way.

“Each video and session we put out has a theme and the story has been continuing throughout.

“There’s been a fun rivalry building up since the first session between one of our coaches and our national mascot, The Kixx Monkey. Children love watching this story play out.

“Each session has been put together to keep children active and to make them laugh and smile throughout.

“It’s our mission to keep putting together the free sessions and keep positively impacting as many children as we can until we return.”

Ben Hunter, founder of Kixx UK, added: “Over the last nine years Kixx has built a fantastic community across the country with over 10,000 members who attended our sessions (nationwide) every single week.

“We care for our community very much and wanted to show how much they are valued by continuing to provide our sessions, for free and online.”

Due to the amount of enquires received during lockdown, Kixx has reopened its memberships for children to secure their places before the academies relaunch.

“All children receive a free football kit with every membership and members will not be charged the monthly academy fee until the academies re-open.

To watch all the latest free online sessions, visit the Kixx UK YouTube channel at