Cornard Dynamos Disability Football Club launches online fundraising drive for new sports kits
A football club, which provides training sessions for people with learning difficulties, has launched an online fundraising drive to replace its old sports kits.
Cornard Dynamos Disability Football Team provides weekly classes for children, teenagers and adults, which enables them to form friendships, while keeping fit in a relaxed setting.
Hosted in the grounds of Cornard United Football Club, the sessions take place every Saturday at Blackhouse Lane.
The club’s former sports kits have been discontinued by the supplier, meaning they must raise £1500 to fund a new set.
Club administrator Kirsty Winyard hopes it will raise the necessary funds required through public donations.
She praised the social benefits of the weekly sessions, which have enabled the members to form companionships and boost their confidence.
“They have all become really good friends,” said Mrs Winyard, who has seen a significant improvement in her 14-year-old son, Ethan, who attends the weekly group.
“Prior to the sessions, he had no confidence when playing football,” she said. “He played at school, but would stand back, and not take part, but now he’s one of the most confident players.”
Mrs Winyard, whose husband, Mark, manages four teams, has benefited from volunteering at the club.
“I suffer from anxiety and can’t always go out,” she said. “But now I can do things that I couldn’t do before.”
Through her experience, Mrs Winyard is able to support other players with similar conditions.
“I can understand and help them to cope,” she said.
Her other two sons, Thomas and Ashley also volunteer at the club.
The members pay an annual fee, which is £15 for youngsters and £30 for adults.
“We keep it as low as possible,” said Mrs Winyard, “But it’s not enough to pay for the sports kits. There are some that wouldn’t be able to play if it was more than that.”
The club also runs 20 youth teams.
The training sessions, which have stopped operating over summer holidays, will begin running again on August 17.
To make a donation to the club’s appeal, go online at www.facebook.com/kirsty.winyard.
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