FOOTBALLERS for a Sheffield club are celebrating after securing a sponsorship deal with the city’s biggest shopping centre.
Meadowhall has pledged £19,000 to Darnall United to ensure the club’s survival for the next three years.
The club was established in 2011 by the Darnall and Tinsley Safer Neighbourhood Team to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
The new funds will go towards pitch hire, equipment, staff and tuition.
Mick Osborne from Meadowhall said: “We are delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile, local community project. The money will ensure the project can continue and flourish.”
Police Inspector Paul Ferguson added: “Meadowhall’s involvement has secured the club’s future for another three years.
“The scheme brings together up to 70 young people on a Friday night, and has already had a very significant impact, with analysis highlighting a staggering 45 per cent drop in crime and anti-social behaviour in the Darnall area on Friday nights.”