New outfits will keep young footballers warm in winter

New fleece-lined outfits are set to keep young footballers warm at the side of the pitch while they wait for their turn to play.

The Under-8 team at Barrowby Football Club is benefiting from a £250 Ward Member Grant from South Kesteven District Councillor Pam Bosworth, who heard how the team substitutes were feeling the cold. 

She said: "Keeping young players warm in winter is a real challenge. Even after they have done their warm-up exercises, the weather across the wide open fields here mean they quickly lose any benefit when they sit down again. 

"This is a community-focused club and it is good to see it doing so well, even if it means not everyone gets to play all at once! 

"The kit they need is not cheap, at up to £60 per outfit, so I am pleased to have been able to help them towards their initial goal." 

Barrowby FC is a youth football club that welcomes boys and girls aged five to 18 who play in various leagues in the East Midlands. The club also receives support from Barrowby Parish Council and the Football Association. 

One of the Under-8 team managers, Andy Blackwell, said: "We are buying fleece-lined, waterproof jackets and trousers to keep our youngest players warm while they await their turn to play. 

"We're looking to equip all our Under-7 and Under-8 teams, which will require 11 subs jackets and trousers. Once that has been achieved we will raise money for the older age groups." 

Picture caption: South Kesteven District Councillor Pam Bosworth with (l-r) club chairman Steve Hynard, and Under-8 managers Andy Blackwell and Tim Clayton.

Cllr Pam Bosworth with club chairman Steve Hynard, and Under-8 managers ...