Young Tigers receive county funding boost

A quartet of Notts County councillors have pooled their resources to get behind a local Under 18 side.

Worksop Town Under 18s have received a cheque for £400 from the county council’s Community Initiative scheme.

The councillors, Alan Rhodes, Kevin Greaves, Sybil Fielding and Glen Gilfoyle, all put £100 of funding into the team.

Coun Rhodes told the Guardian it was important to encourage teams like Worksop Town Under 18s in the local area.

“It’s important to support your local team, and Worksop Town are our local team,” he said.

“We were told that the Under 18s find it very difficult to get funding, unlike junior teams, and they’re doing a terrific job.”

“This team keeps these young lads fit and active and out of anything they shouldn’t be doing.”

The club were delighted with the funding boost, not least because it may well benefit the semi-professional senior side in years to come.

A spokesman said: “The councillors have given their backing to the promising Under 18`s squad for the 2014/15 season, in which they have already made a bright start.”

“Without this support it would be difficult to develop local talent that hopefully would progress into the first team or beyond.”

“All players and staff would like to express their gratitude and thanks for the support from the local councillors.”

The Worksop Town Under 18s team is managed by Dave Wesley, with help from coaches Rich Stansbury and Paul Dolby.