Bute Youth Football Coaching’s under-16 team will travel free to all their away games for the next 12 months thanks to the award of a £2,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
The grant will cover the cost of all the team’s away trips for the coming year and takes a huge chunk out of the annual running costs for the team.
Coach Roddie Leitch said: “To keep the team running in a standard season costs us £2,800 every year, and having to charge the boys £10 an away game and £5 every home game is a drain on everyone’s budget.
“We take in about £150 for an away game, but it costs nearly £200 to travel, and the balance comes from the BYFC account.
“For the first time in years on this Island our kids at this age group have the chance to play organised league football, it is something that takes it toll on all of our pockets though. “Home games will still have to be £5, as the grant only covers the cost of travelling, but to have free away games will be a big help to all concerned.
“I understand that the cost of football on the island is quite high and I hope that all the work involved in this grant will help massively.
“Running a football club in any form is not an easy task, the paperwork, the hire of facilities, the cost of equipment, the forms, the rules, etc etc etc.
“Training three nights a week with all different age groups at different times is great fun, but the stuff that goes on behind the scenes that people do not see is what makes it hard work.
“I understand that kids nowadays have more to do than in previous years, more school work, more clubs, more social life and more electrical equipment to play with. But the lure of football is still a great pull for our children, especially in the form that our under 16s play.”