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ORGANISERS of a mini football club in Fareham look set to get £4,000 in funding to help renovate facilities.

After reading an article published in The News, Councillor John Bryant decided he wanted to try to help with Fareham Town Football Club’s bid to raise at least £10,000 for the mini club based in Palmerston Road.

So Cllr Bryant has offered to donate £4,000 from his allowance as a Hampshire county councillor.

The club must now formally apply for the funding through Hampshire County Council.

Cllr Bryant said: ‘It seemed a good idea. It gets the lads from the area involved in a disciplined sport where they are coached and trained properly.

‘Obviously it’s needed in the area if there are a lot of people going for it.

‘There is a need in society for people to come forward and do these things. It’s needed in all aspects of life.’

The plan is to renovate the facilities so that parents can watch their children training and playing football in a dry and safe environment.

Barry Cook, chairman of Mini Soccer, who set up the club in July last year, said: ‘It’s absolutely brilliant.

‘We’ve got mums turning up with their pushchairs watching their kids train.

‘We want a secure, warm building where they can sit and watch the children play football in a clean environment.

‘We want to grow the club. It’s all coming together so nicely and so quickly.

‘We think it highlights how much it’s needed in the area.

‘I’m absolutely elated that the council should look at what we have done in such a small amount of time.’

The club already has £2,000 which was raised in a fun run completed by the children and their parents.

Refurbishing the room will not only benefit the football club, but it will be a boost for the local community as well. The room can be hired out for private use.

Mr Cook added: ‘It can be used for the community. It can be used for other members of the club too.

‘It’s hard to try and find somewhere to hire locally. It shows people how serious we are about the whole thing.

‘This is such a good project especially when you bear in mind that in July we didn’t even exist.’