Token appreciation Shawside score store success

IT’s been ‘green for go’ on and off the field since Shawside Juniors formed their new football club earlier this year.

Emma Ditchfield, ASDA community champion, Kaal Payton, Bobby Smithies, Jordan Smithies, Jack Hughen, Darren Hughen

Running 11 teams, playing in two leagues, Shawside are busily expanding with the introduction of girls’ teams.

So, a £500 donation, via Shaw Asda’s green token giving programme, is a timely boost.

Shoppers vote for three local causes each quarter with their tokens after each shopping trip.

This time, Shawside took the largest share from Royton Over 60s Club and St Thomas’s Bell Ringers, Moorside.

A number of players, coaches and committee men recently visited the store to receive their cheque from Emma Ditchfield, Asda’s community champion.

“At first, we didn’t know how much money we had won,” said committee member Jordan Smithies.

“So, the four of us who make up the committee will sit down and decide what to do with it.

“However, we are a volunteer run, not for profit organisation so all monies will go back into the football club.”

Shawside train at Hollingworth High School, Cornfield Street in Milnrow and play home matches at George Street playing fields in Shaw and also at Heywood Sports Villages.

Shawside has formed teams from Under 6s to Under 12s and are represented in the North Bury League on Saturdays and Central Venue League. One of their boys recently signed for Bolton Wanderers’ Academy.

“We have now started girls’ sessions as well,” explained committee member Darren Hughen.

“We are looking to get a few girls’ teams going in the same age groups so I am sure some of the money will be going into that as well.”

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