HALF-term kicked off at Cotswold Leisure Centre in Cirencester with a coach clinic on Tuesday with football freestyler, John Farnworth, which raised £850 for the Alzheimer's Society.

Some 56 keen young footballers, aged between five and 11, joined John at the leisure centre to learn footballing skills and to enjoy a magic show.

This visit was ahead of John's ultimate keepy-uppy challenge which starts this Thursday, and will see him juggling a football up to the base camp in Everest to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

David Allen, who runs a children’s football coaching business, Kick-a-bout, in Gloucestershire arranged for John to come to Cirencester.

He said: "John taught the children different skills and gave them a magic show and had a question and answer session with parents.

"I got so many emails from parents afterwards saying how inspired their children were."

John was inspired to take up his Everest challenge after losing his grandad to Vascular Dementia.

  • Visit justgiving.com/fundraising/everestfootball to learn more about John's challenge.