A football team of disabled youngsters who currently play in a hand-me-down strip are appealing for a sponsor to buy them a new kit to make them feel like ‘a proper team’.
The Wellingborough OGIs team is asking for sponsorship of about £300 to fund the new team strip.
The team, which started earlier this year, currently has eight players and they play against other disabled teams from across the county. They have already competed in, and won, their first tournament.
But as they play in a hand-me-down strip, which doesn’t fit all of them, they’d like their own team kit.
Claire Bland, 39, whose 15-year-old son Callum plays in the team, said: “They get an awful lot out of playing in the team. Most of the boys have tried mainstream football teams but they have not been able to cope with it, so the team is really important for them.
“They play in a hand-me-down kit and it doesn’t fit them – it would make them feel like a proper team if they had their own kit. We are now on the hunt for a sponsor.”
Callum has also just started playing for the West Midlands Cerebral Palsy team and recently played at the new England national football centre in Burton.
Any individuals or businesses who could help can email Mrs Bland at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any youngsters, aged eight and over, who want to join the team can also get in touch.