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Girls football team boosted by investment
A GIRL'S football team are over the moon after they received a major financial boost.
Marlow United under 11 girls, pictured, will be training in a personalised kit for the first time in five years - with new tracksuits - thanks to an £800 investment.
Wayne Prior, the club’s chairman, was delighted with the new sponsorship. He said: "We needed this sponsorship to be a bit more of a unit. Now the girls look like they are part of the same club.
"Women's football is massive now and it's getting bigger and bigger.
"On the last couple of years the club has taken off with lots more girls getting into it and now they feel absolutely over them moon," said the chairman.
Mr Prior hopes the kit will not only encourage the current team but will also help to bring new members to the club.
"The Olympics and all the sporting accolades that came with it have definitely had an impact on our club with ten new girls coming forward this year, but we are hoping for more," he said.
Created ten years ago as a mixed club, but running for five years as a girls-only club, Marlow United comprises nearly 60 girls aged between 10 and 16 years old.
Two former players have gone onto play for QPR and Oxford United's women's teams.
After Marlow Round Table gave the girls £400 for equipment, businessman David O’Neil has sponsored their outfits for £800.
Mr O’Neil, owner of Boraca, in Spittal Street, said: "I have been in Marlow for over 15 years and there aren’t many independent shops left there, so it was my way of giving something back to the community."
The club and its five football teams train twice a week on the fields of the Gossmore Park on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.
New players are wanted by the club, which is also seeking further sponsorship. For more visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/marlowunited/
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