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Boy footballers take a giant stride to beat credit crunch

PUBLISHED: 14:01 04 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:30 23 August 2010

FUNDRAISING: Some of the youngsters on their sponsored walk.

FUNDRAISING: Some of the youngsters on their sponsored walk.

MEMBERS of an under-10 football team have been axed by their sponsor because of the economic downturn. Dave Bateman, 48, who helps run Istead Rise Colts football teams, said the club has found it impossible to attract a new sponsor after the current bac

MEMBERS of an under-10 football team have been axed by their sponsor because of the economic downturn.

Dave Bateman, 48, who helps run Istead Rise Colts' football teams, said the club has found it impossible to attract a new sponsor after the current backer pulled out.

The club needs to raise about £1,500 to pay for the season's kits and registration fees for the two teams they run.

He said: "We've approached plenty of business, not even asking for the full amount, even a part contribution would be great news but we get the same answer.

"No matter how big or small - and some of these are large companies - they just cannot sponsor anything because of the economic situation."

Rather than ask the parents, with some also struggling due to the recession, they have decided to be pro-active and raise the money themselves.

Each year the club will run a sponsored walk. The first one held at the end of last month covered five miles in and around Shorne and Cobham with those taking part raising about £1,000 to cover this year's expenses. Other activities will be arranged if money falls short of the required amount.

He added: "It was great for us because we have two teams - the reds and the whites - and away from this they have never really mixed as a team before.

"A lot of the parents came along; we had 30 or 40 people out with us and everyone was commenting on how much fun they were having."

Although the effort fell about £500 short sponsored quizzes and barbecues and also being arranged for this year.

Mr Bateman added: "Although times are hard for everyone at the moment, including businesses, we are confident we can cover these costs we don't usually have to stress about.

"We are really pushing the sponsored walk idea and want it to go from strength to strength each year. It is a good fundraising opportunity but is also a good event for the players, parents and coaches to look forward to.

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