A Sunderland under-10s football team is hoping to score with sponsors.
Redby Whites, who play in the Russell Foster League, have been chosen to take part in the The Dana Cup, one of the world’s largest football tournaments, held every year in the town of Hjørring in Denmark.
Now the race is on to raise the £5,500 to send coach Anth Adamson and nine-strong squad (seven-a-side and two subs) to Scandinavia.
The team has been backed by Sunderland AFC Club with free game tickets to raffle, Eastend MOTs with £100, Castleview School and Morrisons supermarket, allowing the team to bag pack on bank holiday weekends, as well as taking part in the Boxing Day Dip, staging race nights, and organising a range of other charity activities.
Anth started the team two years ago with nine-year-old son Keaton and runs the team with joint manager Stacy Hill and support from parents.
He is excited at the prospect of taking the team to Scandanavia: “As a coach, I couldn’t ask for more,” he said.
It is a once-in-a life-time opportunity and I am so incredibly proud of each of my players, not to mention enormously grateful to all those who are supporting us in getting us there.Anth Adamson
“This is what it is all about, watching these passionate, committed and determined young kids, live their dreams and reach their goals.
“It is a once-in-a life-time opportunity and I am so incredibly proud of each of my players, not to mention enormously grateful to all those who are supporting us in getting us there.
“We look forward to representing our region, our country, our supporters and of course the game.
“I am over the moon.”
Now the team is reaching out to businesses and community groups in the region for help to make their dream opportunity a reality.
“We would love to hear from anyone able to contribute to the next chapter in Redby White’s Under 10’s journey, taking these young boys from their back gardens to international grounds,” said Stacy.
“As many of us know, it’s not always a winning game, nor can success be achieved without hard work; however the most important for Redby Whites under-10s is the journey.
“It is the ability to give your best, stand back up when times are tough, learn from the mistakes and grow as individual players as well as a team and that is exactly the ethos behind this club’s success.”
Anyone who can help can contact Stacy Hill on e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org