Under 10s football team from Northampton tackling cycling challenge to raise money for new equipment

The youngsters will ride nearly 30 miles as a team, with their coaches

By Carly Odell
Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 4:38 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 4:42 pm
Bugbrooke under 10s will take on a cycling challenge in June.
Bugbrooke under 10s will take on a cycling challenge in June.

A team of young footballers are preparing to take on a cycling challenge in a bid to raise money for new equipment and kit.

Bugbrooke Blacks under 10s - part of Bugbrooke St Michael’s Football Club - will cycle nearly 30 miles along the former railway line close to Lamport Steam Railway.

The challenge will lead the 11 youngsters and their three coaches to Market Harborough and back, in June this year.

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The coach hopes it will help with team spirit after a long break during lockdown.

As part of the ride, the team is hoping to raise around £1,000 for new equipment and kit, as well as funds for the club after a difficult year.

Chris Ashton, one of the team coaches, said: “The kids are at that age now when they want to take on a challenge and raise some money, especially after the last year.

“This team plays in the age group above in the league, so we give them a challenge every week and they always take it on.

“I think this challenge will also help them with life skills such as commitment, determination and teamwork.

“It’s a tough challenge for adults, let alone nine and ten year-old kids, but they’re a lovely bunch of boys and they are really committed.”

The team, which formed around three years ago, has had the same equipment since it launched and, according to Chris, it has suffered some wear and tear, so the team wants to use the money raised to replace it.

Chris added: “Our ethos has always been that every player has a ball at training so skills are developing all the time.

“But 11 balls will set you back about £200, easily.

“The training kit, like cones, aren't in the best of shape either and the kids will have grown so it will be good to replace the equipment and training kits.

“The club has also suffered in the pandemic like other clubs no matter how big or small have, so it would be good to take a bit of pressure off too.

“I think the challenge will help the club as well as helping the team spirit.”

To support the team and make a donation, visit their GoFundMe page here.

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