A FOOTBALL club that was under threat of closure after thieves stole thousands of pounds of equipment has been thrown a lifeline.
Middleton Park FC, which caters for hundreds of children as well as adults, was left struggling to survive after 140 brand new footballs – along with other kit – were stolen following a burglary in June.
But the Cranmore Drive-based club is now looking forward to the new season after receiving a £2,000 donation from Asda to add to the £500 they raised with a bag-pack at the Middleton store.
The cash will help pay for kit for the club’s men’s, women’s and junior teams.
Secretary Wayne Dixon, who has been in charge since the club was formed ten years ago, said: “This donation comes at a time when the club needs it most.
“Thanks to Asda Middleton the donation will allow our teams to look the part as well as giving even more local people the chance to get involved in the club and enjoy the game.
“It is important for Middleton to have a club that represents the area in a good light and with the support from Asda and another local charity – Hunslet Football, Cricket and Athletics Charity – we now have a much brighter future.”
Asda store manager Mark Buck said:“We were shocked to hear about the break-in at Middleton Park FC and as part of the store’s Community Life initiative, which supports local organisations in need, we aim to do as much as possible to help the club.
“The donation comes at a difficult time for the players and volunteers and we hope it will help towards building the club back up after such a devastating loss.”