Newcastle City Sproggs, who play in the Pin Point Recruitment Northumberland Mini League, may be forced to call it a day after the under-10s ran up a bill for last season’s winter training costs of £720.
The potential new blood to follow the likes of Shearers and Coloccinis face a race against time to save their beloved club, coach Peter Lappin has been forced to tell parents the team cannot afford to keep going unless a sponsor emerges in the coming weeks, the boys, formerly called the Whitley Bay Sproggs, will be forced to close their club.
Mum Marie Young, whose nine- year-old son Patrick plays for the side, said,
“Patrick loves the Sproggs – they are his life,” said Marie, a landlady from Esh in County Durham.
“We have all been trying to raise sponsorship and funds.
“The boys are doing sponsored penalty shoot outs and sponsored bag packs – anything that the boys themselves can get involved in they will do.”
She said the team is helping to develop young talent and would be a big miss.
“The Sproggs have played in national competitions and people say they have never seen such good people in boys so young,” she commented.
“Young boys aspire to be in the Sproggs because they are a great team.
“But the winter training costs have crippled the team. These kids could be good enough to go to academies.”
Marie added: “I know it is a difficult economic time but we are all just praying and working behind the scenes to get sponsorship.
“Maybe there is someone out there, a local company, who could help a local football team.”
Coach Peter said: “It is a very popular team and a lot of the lads have been here since they were five.
“The training costs for last year were £720 and we just don’t have that kind of money. We’re hoping that someone can help.”
Anyone who can help save the Sproggs should contact Peter on 07852 187387.