A youth football team has received a £1,000 boost after receiving a grant to help support their training.

Andover Town Youth Football Club received the money from housebuilder David Wilson Homes from its community fund scheme and will go towards the club’s essential kit and equipment purchases to ensure the teams are able to progress.

Stu Armstrong, under nines’ coach at Andover Town Youth Football Club, said: “I was over the moon to hear that David Wilson Homes had chosen to support our football club.

“The Community Fund scheme is a fantastic opportunity for grassroots sports clubs and other community clubs and associations to receive financial support of projects and the day to day running of their activities.

“Thank you very much to David Wilson Homes for your support, we appreciate this vote of confidence in the approach we're taking for our young players. Your support has encouraged us to keep going and do the best we can.”

Andover Town Youth Football Club has more than 20 teams and over 260 young players ranging from under sixes to under 18’s at the club.

The club said that young players were unable to partake in matches and training, as well as struggling socially through lack of contact with team mates outside their school class bubbles. Now that training has resumed with an extended season, the club said players have noticed a significant improvement in their confidence and fitness levels.

Campbell Gregg, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes Southern, said: “As a leading developer, we feel it is our responsibility to lend support to the clubs and charities which operate in the areas where we build.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute towards kit and equipment for Andover Town Youth FC and we wish the club’s players all the luck in the world for their upcoming matches in their new kit.”