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Grass roots side look to battle on after loss of founder

A Welsh grass roots football club is battling to stay in existence after the passing of its founder has left them in desperate need of a sponsor.

Cardiff Combination side Rafa Boys football manager and founder John Harding passed away earlier in the year, leaving a successful side that in 2009 became the first team outside the Premier Division to win the Milson Harries Cup.  However rising pitch and referee fees have hit the club hard and it is now seeking a sponsor to help with funding.

Speaking of his fears for the club Liam Healan, Rafa Boys 2nd team manager said:  “In April 2010 our football manager, who set up both teams over three years ago, suddenly passed away to all our surprise. We are still seeking to carry on in his memory.

“He leaves behind his son and grandson who still play for us and I would love to try and keep both teams together with a fresh sponsor of kits or any type of sponsor no matter how big or small.

“John was a great driver in sponsors for the team and keeping all us boys together who have known each other for over 15 years. Now he has gone I don’t want to see the team fold because of lack of kit and funding.”

Liam hopes that any companies reading this who may be able to provide sponsorship or donate much needed equipment will get in touch.

If you are in a position to help the Rafa Boys then please call Liam Healan on 07878 555113 or email healan1979@­yahoo.­co.­uk.

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