Banbury United’s U7s football team have enjoyed their first game of the season but need your help in making their pitch a place to call home.
The club’s entire youth programme nearly folded last year due to a lack of pitch to play on but are now getting back on their feet thanks to U8s Team Manager Jason Green finding a ground near Horley.
The team played their first match on October 17 and their new ground has been derelict for years and in a poor state.
But thanks to Mr Green, U7s team manager Ian Wilson and parents generously donating their time, the youth teams now have a ground and a sponsorship deal with Castle Quay Shopping Centre.
Keith Hourigan, parent and U7s media and communications volunteer at Banbury Youth Football Club, said: “I’d like to reiterate the importance of the club and really call on the community to come together.
“This is for our children’s future and their children after them, we want to make it a place we can be proud of and where the children and their parents can come along, play or watch football and just have fun.”
The teams are still looking for donations to keep improving the ground and facilities, such as new toilets, showers, internal and external doors. They are also in need of CCTV/security lights and an entrance gate as the ground has been broken into on a number of occasions.
Paul Jackson, centre manager at Castle Quay Shopping Centre added: “We were more than happy to get involved and sponsor the Banbury U7s team and I’d encourage any other local businesses or individual businessmen or women to do the same.
“Football, just like any sport, is great fun for the kids, a brilliant social activity and teaches them so many skills they’ll use later in life off the pitch.
“I’d like to encourage other local businesses, businessmen or women to get involved and do what you can to support the teams, it’s a wonderful advert for the town.”
Anyone who can spare a couple of hours to share their skills can contact Mr Hourigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.