Socatots to support Children’s Ward

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SOCATOTS Milton Keynes franchisee and head coach, Paul Darton is keen to support the Children’s ward and neonatal unit at Milton Keynes Hospital by donating £10 for every new child that joins his classes in January 2012 to start off his new term.

The ward supports children from a couple of days old up to the age of 14 years and offers all round medical care for the children and their families during their treatment.

The hospital also is home of a paediatric day care unit, day assessment unit, surgical unit, children’s community nursing team as well as the neonatal unit, which provides care for over 350 neonatal babies each year.

When Paul decided that he would like to help local children the hospital was the obvious place to support due to the endless work by the dedicated staff.

Franchisee, Paul said: ”I really wanted my SOCATOTS franchise’s growth to benefit a local cause, with a parallel to the age of children I work with; the hospital and unit was my obvious choice. The children that join me will not only be developing physically, socially and mentally with SOCATOTS but will also be helping children who are in hospital at the same time. I couldn’t think of a better place to help as I know that the staff all work incredibly hard and care so much about the children on the ward/unit that I just wanted to do something to support their work.”

Each member, once joined, will equate to one donation of £10 to the hospital and SOCATOTS is sure that there will be many people keen to join the world’s first preschool activity using football as a medium to aid a child’s all round development.

Current members are also being encouraged to help raise money by bringing along their favourite cuddly toy to their session to join in with the various footy activities and donating to the hospital at the same time.

SOCATOTS was founded in 2002 by Simon Clifford, after beginning the Brazilian Soccer Schools in 1996.

The Brazilian Soccer Schools were founded with the aim of improving the standard of football coaching in the UK, since then more than 700 centres have opened around the world including locations such as Australia, Thailand, South Africa and Dubai.

SOCATOTS is aimed at children from the age of 6 months to school age and was designed as Clifford identified the need for a preschool activity that involved football to encourage development.

All boys and girls between the age of six months and five years can become involved in SOCATOTS and those between the age of five to nineteen years can get involved with BSS, and in both there is a strong emphasis on having fun in a relaxed, pressure free environment.

For sessions in Milton Keynes please contact Paul Darton on or 07432644934.

Current sessions include Thursdays in Statonbury and Saturdays in Bradville and Waverdon.

Thomas King’s mum, Amanda, said: “Thomas really likes attending SOCATOTS; he looks forward to playing fun games whilst learning at the same time. Paul is really good with the children and helps them get involved. Matthew’s mum, Kelly Austin, said: “My son Mathew looks forward to SOCATOTS all week. He enjoys the mixture between learning football skills and the fun games. The session moves on quickly so the children’s interest is always maintained. Paul always makes time for the children individually ensuring they are performing their skills correctly.

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