A football team has been given a new lease of life after a TV advert featuring former football Arsenal player Ian Wright encouraged two volunteers to lend a hand.
Conal Peake and Joshua Sproston were inspired to sign up after the commercial was shown on ITV in partnership with Join in UK to encourage people to get involved with their local sports clubs.
Jubilee 77 in Fareham had been struggling with a lack of coaching staff and players when chairman Dean Scopes signed the club up to the Join in UK website.
Dean said: ‘You need parents to run a team but without players, you have no parents. Our existing coaches were already busy with their own teams.
‘Ian Wright highlighted the difficulties of trying to run a team for kids with no help or support. It made me laugh out loud as its message was so clear and accurate about our club’s situation.’
Dean was contacted through the site just a few days after registering by Conal, from Gosport, who had also been inspired by the advert.
Dean invited him along to the newly-started Saturday soccer school.
He said: ‘Conal immediately joined in and helped to support the coaching we were doing, his help and support from day one have been fantastic.’
Conal, who is now the manager of one of the clubs under-7s team, said: ‘Ian Wright came on the TV and my wife said to me, “Why don’t you try that then, if you know it all?” so I jumped on the computer, filled in my details and found Jubilee 77 was for me.’
Later in the summer Joshua, who is now a coach at the club, also volunteered. He had just moved back from Spain when he saw the advert and got in touch with Jubilee 77.
He said: ‘I enjoy being with the kids, showing them how to do things.’
‘I’d recommend volunteering because it’s a good experience and it’s an enjoyable project.’
The club now has more than 10 teams for eight different age groups.
Jubilee 77 train on common park lands in the Fareham area during summer months and at Henry Cort Community College Astro Turf in winter time.
For more information go to jubilee77yfc.org.uk or to get volunteer visit joininuk.org/i-want-to-help/find-opportunities/