Skelton United Football Club are the latest beneficiary of Darlington Building Society’s 5% Pledge.

A team of young footballers are proudly sporting their new strip thanks to a North-East building society.

Skelton United Football Club are the latest beneficiary of the Darlington Building Society 5% Pledge.

The club, which trains at the De Brus Playing Field, in Skelton-in-Cleveland, received a donation of £500 to finance a new Under 8s team strip for the 2021/22 season.

Team coach, Daniel Cox, said: “This support is so important to the work we do to help the kids. Being part of the team keeps them off the streets and gives them things to do, so it’s really brilliant, and we’re very grateful to Darlington Building Society.”

Lisa Sidgwick, manager of the new Darlington Building Society branch in nearby Redcar, said: “Skelton United is such a good project because it’s helping local children in our community, it’s giving them a safe place to play, and it’s encouraging them to learn about teamwork and communication.

“It’s a really good cause that I’m proud to support, both through my role with Darlington Building Society, and in my spare time as Club Secretary.”

Despite the economic challenges of the pandemic, Darlington Building Society will this year donate £60,000 to worthy organisations from profits generated during 2020.

And County Durham Community Foundation, which administers the five per cent fund on behalf of the Society, has announced it will make an additional donation to bring the total handed out to at least £100,000.

For more information about our 5% Pledge visit “Our Community” on the website today.

• Skelton United F.C. accepts players from across the Cleveland area, and runs teams for under 7s to under 16s. The club is also looking for adult volunteers to coach and referee. For more information on getting involved, visit