IT’S a mini football club that has proved a huge success.
Now members of the group based at Fareham Town Football Club are bidding to raise at least £10,000 to improve facilities.
Barry Cook, chairman of Mini Soccer, wants to rebuild the club’s main building to give improved facilities and a place for parents to watch their children play.
So far, £2,000 has been raised from a fun run at the club which saw children and their parents get involved.
The club is for children aged between five and nine and has around 40 members.
Mr Cook said: ‘In July we didn’t exist. It’s been a big success.
‘But we haven’t got anywhere for parents to go. So we want to refurbish the building within the ground.
‘To raise this money we had a fun run where all the kids ran and some of the parents ran too.
‘We want to let everyone know that we’re up and running.’
The group has already received £100,000 in funding from the Hampshire Football Association, which was used to pay for new floodlights in the ground.
Now it is hoping to add to the fundraising for the building, in a bid to boost the profile of the club and get more youngsters involved in the game.
‘If we give the kids something to do they love it,’ added Mr Cook.
‘We want to get more kids down at Fareham.
‘We want to get as many teams as we can so these children can play against other children.
‘Football isn’t just kicking a ball.
‘It’s about commitment and teamwork. It’s good for the kids.’
Mr Cook believes that playing football gives the youngsters something to do and keeps them out of trouble.
‘We want to keep the kids off the streets,’ he said.
‘If we get the kids involved early enough they will just stay with it as they grow older.
‘The kids I have got down there now absolutely love it.
‘We want to try and get the community involved with the club. It will just get bigger and bigger.
‘That building is important. We have been so lucky with the weather. The quicker we get that money and get that building sorted out, the better it will be.’
To make a donation, please call Barry Cook on 07768 158596.