A HUCKNALL children’s football club rocked by the theft of thousands of pounds is bouncing back — with help from two businesses.
The Rolls-Royce Leisure Junior Club was left desperately trying to raise funds after its former woman treasurer was convicted of stealing £11,000, which was to have been spent on new kit for its 16 teams.
Dozens of youngsters were disappointed at having to start the current season still wearing their old kit.
The club said it could not afford to buy kit for all its teams, ranging from under-sevens to under-15s.
At the time, the club’s general secretary, Michelle Corah, said: “This has come as a massive blow and it is a very tough time for us.”
But a welcome helping hand proved to be just around the corner.
Elite Blinds, of Basford, has now offered to sponsor the whole club for kits with a three-year deal.
And Frank Key, a Daybrook firm of builders’ merchants, has come forward with tracksuits for two of the teams.
The ex-treasurer, who had been involved with the club for 12 years, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court in August to abuse of her position. She was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work in the community.
Club chairman Andy Corah said the two businesses had got in touch with the club to offer their support after publicity about the case.
“We are very grateful to them for their generous help,” said Andy. “It is very nice to know there are such people still around.
“We are now trying to put what has happened well and truly behind us and this has helped a great deal. The club does an important job for youngsters in the area.”
“It goes without saying that the players are thrilled to bits about getting their new kit after all.”
The deal with Elite Blinds is worth about £4,000 and the tracksuits are valued at about £800.
“We ran a competition to see which of the teams would get the tracksuits,” said Andy. “The winners were the under-sevens boys and the under-12s girls.”
The club has now altered its procedures so that subscriptions are now paid by bank transfer and the treasurer no longer deals with cash.
n OUR PHOTO shows players proudly wearing their new kit