Tiger cubs are doing their bit to raise funds
PROUD to wear the badge of Gloucester City, the young Tiger cubs of the Gloucester Futsal Revolution did their best to raise funds for the football club on Saturday.
The Under-ten and Under-12 players from the Revolution were competing in the County Futsal Finals on, and they were fundraising as they did so.
And club community officer Jim Hart is hoping that their efforts will spur the wider community of the city to aid the club's current predicament.
For the first time in a tournament the teams from the Revolution went into action with a new sponsor on their shirts, thanks to backing from Mohammed Patel, chairman of Muslim Youth UK.
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Avid football fan Patel has worked tirelessly to help promote opportunities for youth in the city and he sponsored the players of the Revolution £1 for every goal they scored in the tournament.
Although only £8 was raised over the course of five games, Hart is hoping that it will be matched by other donors who can take pride in the scheme that the club helps to run.
And with the Under-14s and Under-16s taking to the pitch in their county finals this weekend, there is still plenty of chance to earn lots more cash in the hectic, goal-fuelled world of futsal.
"Our teams represent almost every community of Gloucester and they just love that chance to wear the yellow shirt and have the Gloucester City badge on their chest," Hart said.
"We've scored eight goals in the tournament so far, so we've raised eight pounds. But we've got the Under-14 and Under-16 players to come this weekend.
"And what we're hoping for now is that people will match Mo's donations and do their bit to help the club out in their moment of need.
"We only need a quarter of the people in the city to donate a pound to the cause and we're laughing."
Hart left it until after the fixtures were completed to inform the young players of their fundraising feats and he said that the reaction was amazing.
To a boy they were delighted to be doing their bit, however small, for the club in its hour of need, something that Hart said highlighted the importance of the club to the larger community of the city.
But he also warned that without crucial Football Conference funding through the Gloucester City Supporters Trust, that the Revolution would struggle to deliver their wide-ranging programme of events.
"I've known some of these kids since they were five and it means everything to them. Playing every weekend and representing the club and the city from such an early age.
"When I said to the lads after the game that they were raising money for the club after the games they were really interested to know.
"I have told them about the plight of the club and they are so, so proud to be doing their bit to help the club raise the cash.
"People don't realise until perhaps they see a young kid put that shirt on, that it still resonates in this city.
"They may not have seen the club play because they're not based in the city at the moment, but they all know it exists and it's like a stamp of approval for them to be representing the city and the club.
"We've got so many kids that want to play in this coming weekend for the Under-14 and 16 sides, because they all want that badge of honour to play for the city.
"On a serious note all this is part of the club's community project and we get money through the Football Conference via the club's supporters trust to deliver community activities.
"And if we're not in Blue Square Bet North we don't get that money and that will make it very tough to deliver this kind of project in the future.
"There isn't a great deal of green space in Gloucester and futsal is a perfect game for these young lads to play in this environment."
To match the donations of MY:UK chairman Mohammed Patel and help save Gloucester City and the funding to the Gloucester Futsal Revolution log on to www.gcsupporterstrust.co.uk.