Festive appeal scores a hit with sporty children

Wisewood Junior FC's under eight and under nines teams.
Wisewood Junior FC's under eight and under nines teams.
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YOUNG footballers in Sheffield can carry on playing after scoring a charity windfall in the 12 Days of Christmas appeal.

Wisewood Juniors Football Club has been handed £1,000, which will help the sporty youngsters cover their membership fees for the coming season.

Some of the players have been struggling to cover their yearly subscriptions so Sheffield charity Help a Child Have a Chance has stepped in to help out.

The 12 Days of Christmas appeal, run in association with The Star, offers needy youngsters across the region a chance of receiving a share of £10,000.

Nominations flooded in following an appeal and the winners are now being revealed in The Star.

Wisewood Juniors was formed in 1988 to keep children off the streets and out of trouble by taking part in football matches.

The club started with one team of 16 children, but now has 12 teams, involving about 200 youngsters of various ages up to 18.

Founder member Brian Smith said Wisewood Juniors provides all of the players’ equipment, training facilities, kits and pitches for games.

He said: “Our yearly subscriptions as a result are competitive, but for some underprivileged children they appear daunting.

“Unfortunately, due to the economic downturn, quite a few of our children are finding it hard to meet their yearly subscriptions.”

Brian said the money will help the club with its aim of keeping kids ‘on the straight and narrow’.

n See The Star tomorrow for another 12 Days of Christmas winner.

For details about the charity, call 07507 600 146 or visit www.helpachildhaveachance.co.uk