FOOTBALLERS from Gosport Borough are set to work with schoolchildren after winning funding.
The football club, based in Privett Park, is already working with four schools in the area.
Now The Football Conference Trust has handed the club £15,000 to open more schemes.
The cheque was handed over to the club by non-league stalwart Jack Pearce at the recent Havant and Waterlooville versus Borough match in Gosport.
Borough chairman Mark Hook said he was delighted by the funding.
He said: ‘Through the positive promotion of sport and physical activity, we are committed to provide high quality, accessible participation and development opportunities.
‘They will positively change lives and bring enjoyment to our local community.
‘I am delighted Jack Pearce will represent the Football Conference Trust in presenting GBFC the funding needed to support our ambitious community project.
‘Jack has worked tirelessly on behalf of non league football for a lifetime and we are honoured by his presence.’
It comes as club captain Sam Pearce is already working in the community.
Schoolchildren and staff are set to benefit from the work of the club.
Support will be given to youngsters in the classroom and in practical lessons on the field.
Borough will provide one-to-one reading sessions, PE lessons, football team coaching and after-school clubs.
More than 250 children from the area have previously attended holiday football courses.
The courses range from one to three days, with youngsters aged between seven and 16 taking part.
Children get a chance to look around the ground and play on the pitch at the GDL Stadium in Privett Park.
The overall scheme – GBFC in the Community – works with players including Nathan Ashmore and Dan Woodward.
Prizes of signed memorabilia are handed out to those who improve, perform and behave well on the course.
Now the football club is working with Gosport Borough Council to give free coaching sessions for children in the school holidays.
The club also runs Walking Football for blind people on Mondays with people aged 17 to 70 playing the game walking instead of running.