Stalybridge Celtic Juniors need your vote to secure £25,000 from Aviva Community Fund

Stalybridge Celtic Juniors need your votes as the club bids to secure £25,000 from the Aviva Community Fund.

Young footballers Henry Catherall, left, and Will Jackson

The club needs the cash to carry out important work on the football pitches at their soccer centre.

Formed in 1975, Stalybridge Celtic Juniors provides football for over 350 children every week across 27 teams and a Saturday soccer school, with players from U6 to U16. The entirely volunteer-run club needs your vote to win funds to install drainage on the main pitch and mini-soccer pitch at their soccer centre on Mossley Road.

The club has been forced to post the dreaded ‘FOOTBALL IS CANCELLED THIS WEEK DUE TO WATERLOGGED PITCH’ message more and more often. Saturated, unplayable pitches following heavy downpours are forcing training sessions and the soccer school to be cancelled, leaving children, parents and the club’s army of volunteers disappointed and upset after looking forward to their football.

Club chairman Gary Pearce said: “We are 100-per-cent volunteer run providing football to over 350 kids on a weekly basis. Our training sessions and Saturday soccer school are at risk with a waterlogged pitch and we need to do something about it.”

Muddied footballer Sean Graham

For weeks following heavy rain, surface water has nowhere to drain, leaving the area unplayable. This means relocating to costly artificial pitches rather than playing at their soccer centre. The club’s pitches are in desperate need of drainage to resolve the problem and get the pitches playable all year round, especially through the winter months.

Whenever Stalybridge Celtic Juniors have to close the soccer school they not only lose vital income, but are disappointing all the players who would want nothing more than to get some fresh air, have a kick about with their mates, and receive quality coaching to improve their game, but it is simply too unsafe for them to play.

How can you help? Stalybridge Celtic Juniors need your vote to secure funding from the Aviva Community Fund to install drainage to their football pitches. VOTE NOW ONLINE.

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