GREAT OLDBURY Youth Football Club recently hosted a charity match for Gloucester Feed the Hungry. 

The charity match - which saw coaches take on clubs VIPS - took place on Saturday, December 30. 

The match was made up of many retired players, or those that have never played before, while a lot of fun was had by all with a good audience to cheer them all on and laugh. 

A fantastic amount was raised by entry fees, hot drinks sales, and a 50p donation from every Christmas tree their sponsor South West Buildings sold. 

Great Oldbury Youth FC selected their chosen community group to be Gloucester Feed The Hungry CIC, who provide hot meals for the homeless and vulnerable in Gloucester and surrounding areas from their Smiles Community Coffee Shop at The Oxebode, Gloucester.

They are due to expand and reach out to further areas within the coming months. 

On Sunday, January 7, chair and secretary Sonia Brinkworth plus head coach Tom Legge, assistant coach Darren Brocklehurst, u12 player Riley Brinkworth, u9 player Dylan Legge and u11 player Corey-Rae Brinkworth visited the group to personally see how the club has made a difference. 

CEO of Gloucester Feed The Hungry, Hash Norat said: "With 67 hot meals, treats and hot drinks served we had a very special team join us today.

"The lovely surprise was the team from Great Oldbury also donated £365 to Gloucester Feed The Hungry.

Stroud News and Journal: Great Oldbury Youth Football Club hosts a charity match for"This amazing donation will provide 730 free hot meals and snacks for our homeless and vulnerable in the community.

"Thank you to everyone at the club for your very kind support."

Sonia Brinkworth, Chair and secretary said: "The work that Hash and his team do at Gloucester Feed The Hungry CIC is incredible, having followed their page personally for a long time now, going to help today was just as important as it was for us to fundraise for them. 

"As a new club we have always set out to make a difference to what is branded "just football" it's a community.

Stroud News and Journal: Great Oldbury Youth Football Club hosts a charity match for

"We know we make a difference to our players mental and physical health, and it goes to show that through the love of the game we can do good work in our local community and for charities and voluntary groups like this amazing one.

"We cannot wait to do more!"

Great Oldbury Youth FC are currently looking for more u12 players to join their squad - contact for a free trial