Marley, 6, is young star at sport camp

Marley Fantousi leads the way at Marc Joseph's multi-sports camp at Marton Primary School.
Marley Fantousi leads the way at Marc Joseph's multi-sports camp at Marton Primary School.
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Marley Fantousi is spending the Easter break learning a host of new sports at which he is excelling.

Marley, six, and his younger brother Tamer suffered tragedy two years ago when their father, Andreas, was stabbed to death during a street brawl in Stoke-on-Trent.

Their grandparents, Gail and Len Weedy, now look after the boys and say they are coming on leaps and bounds in their new home.

Marley, a pupil at Hawes Side Academy, has been showing off his football, basketball and dodgeball skills during a multi-sports camp run by Blackpool Community Trust and Blackpool Football Club.

Mrs Weedy, of Meanwood Avenue, Marton, said: “The camp is absolutely fabulous. Marley is really enjoying it and I’m so proud of him.

“It’s wonderful that Blackpool Community Trust can do something like this.”

Mark Joseph, from the trust, said the older children at the camp, which continues to run this week, had taken to Marley as a younger brother.

“The other children are putting their arms around him and making sure he gets a chance at all the activities going on,” he said.

“Marley has been with us for a while now and it’s nice for him to feel confident in a group environment.

“He’s making new friends as he comes in every day and he’s definitely one of the characters of the group.”

The sports camp, at Marton School, offers a range of sports and agility skills for children all over Blackpool.

Mr Joseph said: “We’ve had some really good feedback from parents about the camp, the facility and the experience we are giving children.”

Mrs Weedy, 54, said once Tamer was old enough, he’d be attended the camp as well.

She added: “Mark does a fantastic job – he’s been with Marley since the word go.

“The boys are fine, they’re doing really well now. I’m very proud of them and the progress they have made.”

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