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RITC – the first 12 months

By Paul Armstrong

Reds in the Community has just staged another successful ‘boot camp’ with half term week devoted to the May Holiday get together at Lakes College.

It is a service now offered in most school holidays but it is only a fraction of the excellent work Brian Dawson, and his staff, carry out in west Cumbria.

Well established in the area, it is difficult to believe that RITC is just twelve months old following the launch at Borough Park in April, 2017.

RITC is currently operating in twenty schools in Copeland and Allerdale, providing over one hundred hours of PE provision. They employ eight full-time staff with David Symington, perhaps, one of the best known.

Football Academies at Millom, Egremont, Whitehaven, Workington, Cockermouth and Maryport provide supervised coaching for boys and girls throughout the west of the county.

The Holiday Camps take place at the Lakes College hub with eighty kids attending one earlier this year. Various themes are provided such as boys only, girls only and goalkeeper courses.

The ‘jewel in the crown’ is the Performance Centre with teams from U8s to U13s, made up with players from all over west Cumbria. The quality within the squads is very high with the players (from all the clubs in the area) receiving structured coaching methods and post-match analysis to enhance their development.

The players can reflect on some wonderful experiences visiting comparable organisations like Glasgow Rangers, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Fleetwood Town, Blackpool, Barrow and Lancaser City.

In addition, the coaches are running an U7 ‘pre-Academy’ which will help identify players for next year’s intake.

RITC has also been working closely with the Cumberland FA on several projects including a Girls Performance Centre, Disability Football and SSE Wildcat Centres, all delivered by the coaching staff.

The future is bright (or even red!).

Updated 07:51 - 2 Jun 2018 by Paul Armstrong

Where next?

Reds boosted by new recruit Workington Reds have revealed a new signing with the intention of improving the club’s fortunes.
Volunteer required The club is looking to recruit a kit person to work with the first team.


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