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Monday 6th November 2017 09:52 Football Sports Posted by Mark Phillip

Stalybridge Celtic Juniors is calling on the local community to help save their Soccer Centre pitches via the Aviva Community Fund

Formed in 1975, Stalybridge Celtic Juniors provides football for over 350 children every week across 27 teams and a Saturday soccer school, with players from under 6s to under 16s. The entirely volunteer-run club needs your vote to win funds to install drainage on the main pitch and mini-soccer pitch at their Soccer Centre on Mossley Rd.

The club has been forced to post the dreaded ‘FOOTBALL IS CANCELLED THIS WEEK DUE TO WATERLOGGED PITCH’ message more and more often. Saturated unplayable pitches following heavy downpours are forcing training sessions and the soccer school to be cancelled, leaving children, parents and the club’s army of volunteers disappointed and upset after looking forward to their football.

Club chairman Gary Pearce said: ‘We are 100% volunteer run providing football to over 350 kids on a weekly basis. Our training sessions and Saturday soccer school are at risk with a waterlogged pitch and we need to do something about it.’

For weeks following heavy rain, surface water has nowhere to drain off to, leaving the area unplayable. This means relocating to costly artificial pitches rather than playing at their Soccer Centre. The club’s pitches are in desperate need of drainage to resolve the problem and get the pitches playable all year round, especially through the winter months.

Whenever Stalybridge Celtic Juniors have to close the Soccer School they not only lose vital income, but are disappointing all the players who would want nothing more than to get some fresh air, have a kick about with their mates, and receive quality coaching to improve their game, but it is simply too unsafe for them to play.

To vote for the club, head to the following link: http://www.aviva.co.uk/community-fund