Members of a community Facebook group are clubbing together to sponsor their local junior football team.
The ‘Save Our Beeston’ group, which has almost 1,800 members, created a crowdfunding page in aid of Beeston Juniors AFC that was backed to the tune of £300 in just three hours this month, before chair Sean Sturman raised an extra £450 after pledging to take on a sponsored walk.
The funds will allow the club, which was established in the area during the 1980s at its clubhouse in Cardinal Square, to purchase new kits for some of its 11 open age and junior teams.
Save Our Beeston’s unlikely partnership with the club came after committee member Adam Easton met club treasurer Janine Findlay at Tingley Gala and decided to start fundraising.
Mr Easton, who has twin boys who now play for Beeston Juniors, hopes the fundraisers could help Save Our Beeston raise up to £2,000 for the club.
He said: “I believe It is one of the first teams to be sponsored by the community.
“It was a way of getting the community to support their local resources because if you don’t support them you are going to lose them.”
The club had faced tough times and was only running three teams this time two years ago, prompting parents to rally support that resulted in a surge of sign-ups.
With the new season set to start in September, Beeston Juniors has scores of new players filling nine youth teams from under sevens to under 16s as well as two open age sides.
Ms Findlay, who also runs the clubhouse kitchen and has three sons who play for the club, said: “It’s been amazing. The more children we are getting, the more parents are getting involved. The future’s really bright for the club.”
For details follow @beestonjrsfc on Twitter or to donate visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/beestonkitfund.