A charity partnership between Europe’s biggest youth football league and The Children’s Hospital Charity has so far raised more than £10,000.
The Sheffield & District Junior Sunday League, which boasts England’s Gary Cahill and cricketer Michael Vaughan among its former members, said the partnership is reaping benefits on both sides.
Matt Hardman, chairman of the volunteer-run league, said the tie-up, which splits fundraising 50/50, is an ideal way of promoting the work that both organisations do in the wider community.
He added: “It won’t just help the kids at the hospital but the wider community of seven to 16-year-olds in South Yorkshire who can benefit from us improving our coaching and facilities.”
Up to £10,000 has been generated for the hospital charity through a £1 registration fee per player being donated to the cause.
David Vernon-Edwards, director of The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are all about making kids healthy again - and the football league wants to promote healthy activities for kids. It is a perfect relationship. We want to encourage the children to get involved with their community - and through fundraising for us they can do that whilst contributing to development of their own league.
“The money raised for the charity will help save lives. We are in the middle of our Make It Better appeal, which aims to raise £10 million regionally by 2016 to transform our hospital - which has over 245,000 patient visits each year - into a world-class facility to match the world-class care and expertise.”
The league was launched in 1969 and has almost 12,000 boys and girls from within a 20-mile radius playing every Sunday