A wave could put a smile on young football players’ faces

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Young footballers in Pinchbeck have applied to the Smile Fund to buy a piece of equipment to improve their skills.

The club hopes its application for £200 will enable it to buy a “wave”.

Steve Forster, a volunteer with Pinchbeck Junior Football Club, has applied to the Spalding Guardian and Round Table’s £10,000 Smile pot on behalf of the club .

He said: “The wave would really help the children to improve their skills.

“It is a piece of equipment that can be used by all ages and abilities.

“Basically the ball is kicked at the wave and is returned.

“Players’ control and first touch is greatly improved.

“This would be a valuable piece of equipment and every child at the club would be able to use this at the training session.

“The children would really enjoy using this and we hope our application is successful.”

Pinchbeck Junior Football Club caters for more than 60 youngsters aged six to 13.

It has recently moved to Glen Park in Surfleet and meets two nights a week for training.

The club’s application is one of scores which have been received since we launched the campaign to help the community.

Other applicants include:

* Pinchbeck Kids Club, £500 to transform an area of gardeninto a safe and engaging play area for the children;

* Holbeach United Youth FC, £500 for balls, cones, bibs and pop-up goals to be used at the new football academy.

* Crowland Walking for Health Scheme, £500 to hire a coach for walkers to enjoy a good day out and enjoy a meal;

* South Holland Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Committee, £360 to replace eight worn-out tents for bronze level expeditions;

* Crowland Over 60s Club, £400 to pay for a coach to take members of the self-funding club for the elderly out for the day in the summer.

How you can apply

Spalding and District Round Table has teamed up with the Spalding Guardian to offer £10,000 to help good causes in the community.

And the great news is that there are really very few limits to who can apply to the Smile fund – and what the money can be used for.

Applicants can be individuals (for themselves or on behalf of someone else), a group of people, a club, an organisation or maybe a school.

Perhaps you or a relative needs a little funding help to redecorate a room in your home or buy an essential item.

Or maybe you know a sports team which needs a new kit or new equipment.

A panel, including Round Table members and a representative of the Spalding Guardian, will decide which applications will be backed with a donation of up to £500.

Requests for amounts over £500 will still be considered but will be put before all Round Table members.

So, email tracey.sweetland@jpress.co.uk, saying the name of the applicant, a phone number, how much you want and for what purpose.