Moorland school use Samba skills

Clare is pictured leading a Copoeira session with pupils at Moorland. Picture: Kristien Cooper
Clare is pictured leading a Copoeira session with pupils at Moorland. Picture: Kristien Cooper

MOORLAND School’s soccer kids are moving to the South American beat after taking a leaf out of Brazil’s book.

The Ribble Valley school have adopted a Brazilian martial arts called the Copoeira to hone their soccer skills at Moorland’s football academy.

The Copoeira is used by the Brazilian national team as part of their training routine, and Samba stars Kaka, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldhino all credit it with improving their game.

PE Teacher Clare Rennox, a former British Schools gymnastic champion, said: “The children absolutely love it and a lot of the lads say they feel the benefit on the field because it has improved their flexibility.

“The Brazilians are masters of the Copoeira and many of their stars use the routine to increase their strength and subtlety.”

Moorland have forged a reputation for nurturing young talent, with Manchester United striker John Cofie joining Burnley before his switch to Old Trafford in 2007.

The school also boasts Niall Mason, who plays for Blackburn Rovers’ Junior Academy, after enjoying three years with Real Madrid’s famous soccer school, as well as Alex Curran, rated as one of Rovers’ brightest prospects.