BUDDING young footballers are honing their skills during the coronavirus lockdown.

Coaches for the Dunbar United Colts under-nines girls’ team – Craig Dilworth, Fraser Docherty, John Chapman and David Muir – spent more than £300 on special kit bags to ensure the players kept on training, with group training sessions cancelled.

Each of the four dads have daughters – Sophie, Freyja, Flora and Myah – who play for the team.

Each kit contains a bag, a ball and 10 cones so the young footballers can continue doing a variety of training drills.

Mr Dilworth told Courier Sport: “The schools were giving out homework to the children for over the closed period.

“We thought it would be quite good to try something similar.

“We had extra money in the bank for our team and came up with the idea of the kit to give them the tools they can train with at home.”

The lockdown training pack was ordered online and about 20 kits given out to the young footballers last week. Training drills and fun football challenges have been shared via WhatsApp, with parents and guardians also getting involved.

Mr Dilworth thanked sponsors – Tarmac, Torness EDF, BeGreen and Pipeline Technology Centre – for their donations earlier in the season and was pleased to say the scheme had been well received.

He added: “We have had a lot of texts saying it was a good idea. It has given the girls something to do.

“My wee girl, Sophie, plays for the team and they find themselves getting bored just now.

“They can do the drills that the coaches have shown or you can challenge your team-mates.”