Youth football’s biggest ever donation

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Campbeltown and District Juvenile Football Association (CDJFA) will kick-start the new year with boosted funds after receiving its biggest single donation ever, from Campbeltown’s Co-op.

The group was presented with a cheque for £3,791.28 by the Co-op’s store manager Colin Middleton, team manager Donna Graham and team leader Denise Macindeor on Saturday.

Speaking at the presentation at Meadows View Pavilion, coach David Paterson said: ‘This is a phenomenal amount of money. It’s the biggest  donation the association has received.

‘It costs around £25,000 a year to run youth football in Campbeltown, so this is a fantastic boost.

‘On behalf of CDJFA, thank you very much to the Co-op.’

Mr Paterson added that the donation would help free-up money raised from fees to support other areas, allowing the association to purchase new equipment and contributing to the running of the teams in 2018.

There were representatives from across the age groups at the Pavilion, as well as some of the parents who help with coaching and fundraising, or on the committee.

After the presentation, the youngsters couldn’t wait to tuck into a buffet supplied by the Co-op.

The money was raised through the Co-op’s local community fund, which donates one per cent of the money spent by members on supermarket products to three local causes, chosen by members.

In this round of fundraising the other recipients were Bonnie Babies and the 16th Argyll (1st Campbeltown) Scout Group.