The Sheffield football club where it's not all about results

Members of Chapeltown Athletic JFC take part in the sponsored walk
Members of Chapeltown Athletic JFC take part in the sponsored walk
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Even at a junior level, football can be a pretty cut-throat affair with fierce competition for places.

But one Sheffield club is seeking to change that by placing youngsters' enjoyment of the game above the need to perform.

Chapeltown Athletic Junior Football Club, which plays its home games at Ecclesfield School, adheres to the refreshing ethos that 'football is fun' - a motto emblazoned on its club crest.

It stands by the principle that anyone who wants to play should get a game, regardless of their ability, with no one left languishing on the bench match after match.

Youngsters are guaranteed at least 10 halves of football a season and no players have to wait on the sidelines throughout an entire game.

Club secretary Christine Evans said: "We believe everyone should be able to play football in a safe and happy environment, regardless of their ability."

The club's friendly approach extends beyond the pitch, with players encouraged to do their bit in the community like organising collections for the local foodbank or raising money for Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Around 80 players, parents and coaches took part in a three-mile round walk from the club's base today (Saturday, March 25).

The sponsored walk made around £1,000 towards the club's running costs, which will help keep the price of subs low as part of its commitment to making the sport open to all.

* For more information about the club, email chapeltownathletic@hotmail.co.uk.