A NEW football team has been set up for youngsters in the Whitehaven area thanks to the fundraising efforts of a father and Copeland businesses.

Alex D’Aprile of Whitehaven has opened the Bransty Under 7 football team thanks to funds raised with a penalty shoot out.

The penalty shoot out event was held at St Benedict’s Rugby Union Club in August.

Players also took part in sponsored runs to benefit the fundraiser. In addition to the funds raised by families, the team has received sponsorship money from Castle Knights Bar and Grill, as well as Powerhouse Gym and Mark Thompson Electrical Services.

£1350 was raised in total to pay for football strips and training equipment.

“We’ve got them training every week now, they’re getting ready to start playing. To get kids out of the house we’ve got to keep sport going.”

Mr D’Aprile wants to give sport in the area a boost.

He said: “To keep it going you’ve got to bring the kids through.”

Mr D’Aprile has seen the importance of sport in children’s lives first hand as his sons Zayne and Noah play for Bransty.

"Bransty try and put a team togther every year. I've taken on the under 6s team. Now that we're getting through lockdown we've got under 7s coming through as well."