New football team kicks off with MP's support

December 8, 2008 12:18 PM
New football team Arbury

Football trainer James Bennett with David Howarth

A football team for disadvantaged young people has won the support of Cambridge MP David Howarth.

The North Cambridge Football team involves players aged 16 to 25 who have under-achieved at school and live in the deprived areas of Arbury, Kings Hedges and Ditton Fields. Some have drug and alcohol problems and a few are ex-offenders.

Organisers hope that the project will gain the backing of The Prince's Trust with a £1,000 NatWest Community Cash award for equipment and pitch fees.

Mr Howarth went to meet the players at the Manor Community College in Arbury Road as they were visited by Prince's Trust programme executive Gail Norman.

She said: "Many of the young people have since gone onto employment and training. The football team is training hard and it has given many of them focus and motivation."

Mr Howarth said: "This is a very worthwhile project which will build team work, motivational skills and occupy these young people in a positive way.

"It is excellent to see a group of young people who are so enthusiastic about an idea which will teach them new skills and respect for others."

It is hoped the football team, which will train on Monday evenings, will be able to compete in a local league and tournaments.

The NatWest Community Cash Awards give young people the chance to make a positive difference to their local community.

They are part of a multi-million-pound partnership between youth charity The Prince's Trust and NatWest.

Greg Heaton, NatWest's regional managing director in the East of England, said: "Our awards will not only provide a 'cash injection' into the community, they will also empower young people with the practical and financial skills they need to make lasting changes to their local area."

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