Sport in the community

Funding level: Up to £1,000


The Rawcliffe Juniors under 8 teams are a group of young boys who just love to play football. They range in ability, some have played for a couple of years, while for others this is their first season.

Football at this level is about learning to play as part of a team, but most importantly it’s about joining in and having fun.

The boys come from four different schools from around York, so many of the children didn’t know each other at the start and now they are best of mates. I find it amazing how something as simple as a small round ball can break down barriers, helping to teach discipline as well as building confidence and creating lifelong friendships.

Despite all the positive benefits of grass root sports, there is no central funding. The volunteers who help coach and manage the team spend valuable family time running training sessions and organising matches. Parents pay subs to the club to cover match fees, pitch hire and maintenance. We need to fundraise or find sponsors for extras like new kits and extra training equipment. Most of the equipment and kit the boys currently have are hand me down and have seen better days.

We would like the Aviva Community Fund to help us out. A grant of £1,000 would enable the team to get new kits, better training equipment and make them feel more confident as a team.

Rawcliffe Juniors

Moment of Pride

I am inspired by the way the boys work together as a team. When you see them congratulating each other when they score, helping each other when the fall you realise that is more just a game, they are developing life long skills and friendships.

Location: Rawcliffe