Players and coaches from AFC Portchester’s youth section are putting in some marathon efforts with their running fundraising.
Coach Peter Sanderson will be running a marathon in the street where he lives and the under-11 girls team (pictured above) are clocking up a total of 530 miles between their group.
Sanderson, who is the club’s foundation phase lead for players aged seven to 11, is planning a marathon distance run in the street where he lives.
He will be running up and down the road on June 27 to achieve the 26.2-mile distance, and the funds he raises will go to the club’s youth teams and its Covid-19 Support Group - which has been supporting vulnerable people in the community during the coronavirus crisis.
The funds Peter raises will be used to buy new training and match kit for the under-nines team he coaches, with any remaining funds being split between the coaches in the foundation phase of the youth section so they can purchase new kits and equipment for their teams and the AFC Portchester Covid-19 Mutual Support Group.
Peter (pictured left) said: “I know we are living in tough times, but when grassroots football can continue, I want to ensure the boys and girls have the kits and equipment they need to enjoy their football.
“Also I would like to raise money for vulnerable people in Portchester to help them in these tough times.
“I kindly ask you to donate what you can, and I appreciate every donation.”
To make a donation to Peter’s marathon effort go to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/gofundmecomsocialdistancemarathonAFCPY
Meanwhile the under-11 girls team are looking for more donations for their challenge which will see the team, parents, siblings and coaches running the total distance they should have travelled to each game during their season which was curtailed by the coronavirus lockdown.
The team’s league season, if completed, would have seen them travel a total of 530 miles to games, which included three trips to Basingstoke, two to Winchester and a day out in the New Forest.
The team have decided to run the total distance they would have travelled instead, and all monies raised will go to the NHS Charities Together fund.
The group decided to take on their charity challenge in recognition of all the hard work frontline key workers are undertaking during the coronavirus crisis.
Coach Gary Pratt said: “NHS staff and volunteers are doing amazing work right now in caring for Covid-19 patients.
“We want to show our respect and gratitude as they work tirelessly in the face of the virus. It's our turn to make sure we look after them, to ensure they can keep doing their vital work.”
The team have already raised over £1,600 but you can still make a donation by going to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/afcpu11girlsrun?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=afcpu11girlsrun&utm_campaign=pfp-tweet&utm_term=18bd7299432a4a96adf07028fd8a67cb