Sussex FA donate goalposts to youth team

Sussex FA has helped inflate a youth team’s budget by donating them a set of goalposts worth £800.

The 21ft by seven foot aluminium goalposts were given to Lancing United Colts on April 12, and the dimensions are slightly smaller than standard 11-a-side goals.

They will be used by the club’s age groups from under-13s and above.

Colts’ chairman Glenn Souter said: “All the teams in our area use full-sized pitches and goals.

“The smaller goals will allow the Colts side to naturally progress through the age groups and give the goalkeepers a fighting chance as they move into 11-a-side. We feel that the full-sized goals are a bit too much for the younger players.”

Wayne Crookes, vice chairman of the club, acknowledged the Sussex FA’s work within the community. He said: “They work closely with local clubs and we have a good working relationship with them. We feel they are approachable and helpful.”

Mr Crookes, 42, wants to make the most of the donation, saying: “Our main aim is to be the most cost effective team in the area.

“We are 100% non-profit – all the money we get goes towards the best equipment, so being given these £800 goals means we can put that £800 towards the best stuff for the boys.”

Ken Benham, chief executive of the Sussex FA, was happy to help the club. “The Sussex County FA are delighted to help out one of our local youth clubs in this way,” said Mr Benham.

He added: “The goals were no longer needed by us, so what better use of them than to assist a grassroots club close to us here in Lancing.”

Brian Harwood, a groundsman who worked for the FA, was the middle-man who orchestrated the donation.

Mr Harwood knew about the Colts’ project, so contacted Mr Souter to see if he would be interested in them. He said: “We spent a lot of money on them, and we didn’t want them to not be used.

“Glenn, Wayne and everyone associated with the Colts are doing a great job.”