Football scheme nets £98k Children In Need goal

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A community football project working with disadvantaged youngsters has just scored a whopping £98,291 grant from BBC Children in Need.

Boston United Football in the Community has been awarded the grant to deliver sports and other activities to young people of secondary school age in the Skirbeck ward of Boston.

Through taking part, the young people will gain qualifications, be healthier and develop better community relationships.

The scheme was established in 2004 and has continued to grow each year. It is now known simply as United in the Community.

The scheme covers a host of community-based projects and activities including football and multi-sports coaching, school sessions, extra curricular course, cheerleading, mental health group, fair play leagues, crime reduction schemes, birthday parties and a free ticket initiative.

The scheme controls the club’s Centre of Excellence and Community Football Club (BUCFC) organisations.

Melinda Connelly, BBC Children in Need regional manager of the central region says: “We are delighted to be awarding to projects like Boston United Football in the Community which will go on to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the area.

“The support we get each year is staggering and everyone should feel proud of what they have made possible. Thank you!”

The grant being awarded was made possible following the appeal night in November where £31.1million was raised by the Great British public. The figure which will continue to rise as the money pours in from fundraising events that took place throughout the country.

The club’s community manager Nick Reeson was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.