Community football club seeking to offer festive support to family in need

Matthew Edgar

Matthew Edgar

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Community football club Daventry Rangers is giving away a £180 games console to a family struggling to make ends meet this Christmas.

Matthew Edgar, 28, started the group in September. He said that now the club had purchased all the equipment it needs for the foreseeable future he wanted to give something back to the community.

“We want to find a family who are struggling to afford the cost of a present this year,” Matthew said. “The group is in a solid position; if we didn’t use the money it would just be sitting in the bank.”

Matthew has worked as a coach all his working life.

He started the club with his wife Jo with the aim of making football more accessible to young people, and not just those keen on sports.

“We were founded because we wanted to offer football to everybody,” Matthew said. “I’ve noticed the quality and style of coaching in area the really varies. Some coaches teach to the standard of the least skilled child and some teach for the strongest, but either way children are missing out. We want to do it right.” Matthew said the philosophy of the Rangers was to tailor their coaching to each trainee, with a range of school, half time and invite only sessions to suit young footballers of all stripes. He added: “A lot of what we teach is to do with movement and is transferable to other sports like tennis.”

Daventry Rangers have worked with local schools including Ashby Fields and Abbey School, as well as the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Centre.

The club is planning to set up its own teams in the coming weeks and is currently in talks with Coventry City Football Club to offer talented players another route into professional football.

To be eligible to win the console, a Nindendo DSI with Pokemon White, families must live within a five-mile radius of Daventry, have children under the age of 16 and be able to demonstrate a genuine need.

The club may ask for evidence to support applications .

Residents can submit a written application to davrangers@hotmail.com. The deadline is December 12.