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FEATURE: Lancaster City FC sets up 'Dollies in the Community'

Children attended the Lancaster City FC junior coaching session last month

We have been to visit Lancaster City Football Club to find out about the vital work they do in the local community.

Lancaster City have recently been setting up and hosting some fun and exciting community initiatives.

The newly-created ‘Dollies in the Community’ scheme has seen, along with many other projects, the introduction of a walking football club and a free mascot programme, with a range of exciting projects coming up.

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Dave Evans, the club’s Community Director, told Beyond Radio: “We started Dollies in the Community about a month ago.

"We’ve got the walking football and a free mascot scheme which we’ve got kids lined up for for every game until Christmas. We hosted a junior coaching session a couple of weeks ago which about 20 children came to (before the game against Atherton Collieries on August 29).

“Also, we’ve got quite a few junior teams who have come down to games for free, along with the coaches, and that is going really well.

“Now we’ve got some traction with what we’ve set up initially, we want to expand that programme even more."

Dave says the club are looking for volunteers to help them with these events.

“We signed a deal with our first corporate community sponsor, accessplanit, and we want to attract more partners in the community. Whether it’s from businesses or donations, we’d like some help.”

Lancaster City recently partnered with ‘Her Game Too’, which Dave says “has been really important for us”.

Additionally, they set up a ladies’ team over the summer and the chance to join is still available.

They are entering the Lancashire FA Women’s County League Division 1 North West and they’ll be playing their games at the Giant Axe.

As for the club’s upcoming plans, they are starting up a ‘School of the Week’ programme.

“Every week a school will be nominated by parents, fans and members of the community to receive free match day tickets, which will be given to children, parents and teachers.”

That initiative will be launched at the start of October and two local schools have already been chosen.

Anyone looking for more information on the club’s community work can contact dave@lancastercityfc.com

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