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Coid Set For Charity Match

19 May 2014

Former Right-Back Previews Fixture

Danny Coid is looking forward to pulling on a Blackpool shirt again on Sunday, as he prepares to play in the Hedzup Charity Shield.

The right-back, who made 263 league appearances for The Seasiders, will line-up alongside a host of other former Pool favourites against a Once Upon a Smile side containing soap stars, pop stars and former pros.

The match, which takes place at Bloomfield Road, aims to raise money for Alder Hey, Ronald McDonald House and Once Upon a Smile. The game will also be utilised to highlight the signs and symptoms of brain tumours affecting children. 

"I know Richie, Scott Taylor and Hillsy are all playing so it'll be good to catch up with some of the lads again," he told the official website. "I don't know what the standard of football will be like now but it will be a good laugh and a chance to raise money for some worthwhile charities.

"Personally, I hope I get the chance to play alongside Mike Davies because he had a huge influence on me when I was coming through the youth ranks at the club. 

"I've still been playing part-time for Kendal Town this season so I'm looking forward to being back out on that pitch at Bloomfield Road again. Hopefully we'll get plenty of support from the Blackpool fans."

Away from playing, Coid has now channeled his efforts into helping budding young footballers improve their games. Alongside his friend Luke Evans, he has setup D.C.L.E Coaching.   

"Our role is to take a player and educate and work with them to understand their role within a team and individually in order to be a massive asset, and develop skills to make them a better player," he revealed.

"For instance, you might get a youngster who plays in midfield for a team on a Saturday and he might want to do extra work on his weaknesses. We'd help that child with a course over say six weeks and provide one-to-one sessions. They'd get coaching from a highly-qualified coach or an ex-professional. We'll have footballers and ex-footballers involved in this as much as we can.   

"If someone needs technique work then we help them with that, as well as fitness and positional sense. It gives players from five onwards to open age the chance to gain an advantage. If a striker needs help with his heading or finishing then we'd help them with that. It's all about improving people's strengths, as well as weaknesses. We also offer advice and help to any coaches."

His venture has already been backed by a number of ex-Blackpool players, including Keith Southern, Ian Evatt and Billy Clarke.

"I've got a few players on board supporting us who agree with what we're trying to do. I've also got my two best friends, Ryan Taylor and Rickie Lambert, on board so that's a massive plus. We're trying to get as many players supporting us as possible to make the public see what we're trying to do," he added.

Tickets for the Hedzup Charity Shield at Bloomfield Road on Sunday cost just £5 for Adults, £2 for Seniors and £1 for Kids, with the game getting underway at 2pm.

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