A GIRLS’ football club that was boosted with a £1,000 grant showed off their talent to shoppers in a bid to get more people to apply for a community fund.
Farsley Celtic Girls’ under-10s and under-13s showed off the new kits they were able to buy after they won a £1,000 grant from Aviva Community Fund three months ago with in a keepy-uppy competition in the city centre on Saturday to show what a difference being in a club can make.
Under 10s manager Damien 0’Brien said: “Having funding has meant that football is a level playing field for the girls, regardless of their background.
“They often come to us as shy and quiet but go on to build amazing friendships and develop into great players.”
Coach Shane Hamill adde4d: “We know that girls drop out of sport at a faster rate than boys.
“We set up Farsley Girls FC with the aim of turning this trend around, empowering girls with the self-confidence that comes from playing together and building team spirit, as well as developing new sporting skills.”
Research by Aviva showed that more than half of people involved in community organisations, 55 per cent, have said that money is what they need most over the next 12 months, closely followed by more volunteers, more participants and new equipment.
Retail marketing director at Aviva, Tom Daniell, said: “Over the last three years, we have seen the positive impact that the Aviva Community Fund can have to a real variety of community groups.
“This year, it will finance over 500 projects across different funding levels ranging from £1,000 up to £25,000, as we believe good projects come in all shapes and sizes – from buying housing for hedgehogs in Dewsbury, to creating football teams for females in Leeds.”