What do Everton, Bolton Wanderers & Manchester City have in common with St Andrew’s Deal? All three premier league clubs can trace their origins back to local churches that started football clubs to improve community spirit. Since 2014, St Andrew’s Church in Deal has been reaching out to local young people through its club ‘Real Deal FC’.
The group, overseen by Simon Earl, attracts over 25 young people & their families. Thanks to funding from community grants and particular support from local Councillors, Mike Eddy & Eileen Rowbotham, who made an allocation from the combined Members Grant Scheme & EKCCO Micro-Grants Fund, the Club no longer has to use a goal held together by tape!
Simon commented, “We are looking to develop the social side of what we do shaped by the young people in the group as they are best placed to know what will work. We also find that parents are supportive and the group is growing organically”.
The football is currently held at Deal Parochial School from 9am to 10.15 on Saturdays.
Article in Outlook magazine, Diocese of Canterbury, May 2015
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