A junior football club in Watcombe is on the ball with triple success after winning local titles and securing vital funding.
Watcombe Wanderers Football Club has received £1,000 funding from leading housing provider Sanctuary Housing to launch four new junior football teams – one under 8s team, two under 12s squads as well as an under 14s side – aimed at encouraging local youngsters to get involved in sport.
The donation comes amid the under 11s team’s achievements this season, after they beat stiff competition to win the local Pioneer League title alongside Cup Final success in their first year.
Also benefiting from Sanctuary’s support last year, the youth squad has seen dozens of young people take part in football training and tournaments, giving them the opportunity to increase health and wellbeing and engage with other members of the Bay community.
In addition, six community volunteers have achieved a Football Association Level 1 coaching badge through the training of the youngsters over the season.
Kevin Begley from Watcombe Wanderers said: “I never would have believed the team could be so successful in its first year. It is a reflection of all the hard work the young people and coaches have put in, and we’re all looking forward to next season where Sanctuary’s support is allowing us to expand the club even more.”
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager for the area, Lynne Roberts, added: “We’re really proud of the team for what they’ve achieved, and that was recognised this year when they won Sports Personality of the Year at Sanctuary’s first Torbay Community Star Awards.
“We work to create engaged communities and it’s fantastic that we’ve been able to help some of the volunteers realise their ambitions by supporting them to achieve recognised sports qualifications.”
Young residents from across the Bay are being encouraged to come along and join a team, and can find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This club has been funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.