A TEAM of young footballers are a bit closer to their fundraising goal after a surprise donation from a community-focused building society.

Players, staff, and parents of Middlesbrough Under 10s Football Club were delighted to learn that Darlington Building Society had donated £250 following an appeal for help from a parent.

Vicky Seaman, the club’s secretary, applied to the Society’s community fund to help ease the burden on parents of players who were struggling to pay subs during the Covid-19 crisis.

She said: “This donation means a lot to the club. We’re a small local club with ten amazing young boys who just want to play football, and we’re constantly fundraising, which can be really difficult.

“This gift from Darlington Building Society will support the club enormously, paying for training, kit, and any equipment that we need moving forwards, so it’s massively appreciated.”

Darlington Building Society makes an annual commitment to donate five per cent of its profits to a wide range of good causes and community projects. Despite the economic challenges resulting from the pandemic, the Society recently guaranteed that pledge up to 2025.

Andrew Craddock, chief executive of Darlington Building Society, said: “We recognise how important grass roots sport is to the physical and mental well-being of children, so we are delighted to have being able to help Middlesbrough Under-10s in this way.”

The donation is part of a larger fundraising drive by the club, which is a finalist in TFM’s Cash for Kids Local Sport Challenge. If chosen, the radio station will match Middlesbrough Under 10s fundraising up to £2,500.

The young players are pitching in to help reach the club’s fundraising target by holding raffles, bingo games, and doing a sponsored walk, but this donation puts them that much closer to the goal.

Anyone who would like to support the club can do so at https://tinyurl.com/MUnder10sFC