A nine-year-old Leeds United fan Jack Johnson has raised money to pay for 10 pairs of football boots and donated them to Calderdale College’s Pan Disability team.
Following the College’s appeal for spare football boots, Jack came forward with ten brand new pairs. He visited the College to present the boots to the students (pictured).
Jack commented: "I like helping people because it makes me feel good and proud. I have been very fortunate but have been taught to work hard and earn things either for myself or the charities I support.
“Playing and watching football has given me lots of great experiences so I wanted to help people enjoy the game like I do,” he adds.
The College’s Women’s Football Apprentice Beth Davies, who made the appeal for the boots, said: “It was a fantastic gesture from young Jack. Having suitable footwear gave our students the chance to play the sport they love.”
Last year, the College received funding from the Football Foundation’s Grow the Game Scheme. The scheme can provide grants of up to £1,500 in order to support the creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications.
With the help from the foundation, the College was able to supply students with new kits, enter the team into the Association of Colleges Sport Pan Ability Football League and provide them with an exciting and competitive sport environment at the Inspire Centre, where they have been able to compete since September 2018.
Beth adds: “Thanks to the new boots and kit they now look like a professional football team and it means the world to them. We can’t thank Jack and the Football Foundation enough.”