Today I am very happy to announce that Whimsical Otter is an official sponsor of the Sutton Juniors Football Club LEGACY.

I originally grew up and went to school in the surrounding Keighley/Skipton area of Yorkshire before moving to Newcastle. Recently I have been following updates on the campaign from an old friend which explained the rationale and motivation behind it.

The club originally formed in 1998 as an under 7 team but rapidly grew over the years to now include development squads at under 5 and under 6; and teams from under 7 right up to adult teams.  In 2012 a girls team was started at under 11 with the aim to add further age groups. They participate in a number of leagues and competitions in the surrounding area and have had success in winning the under 12 and under 13 leagues. The club also succeeded in becoming a FA Charter Standard Club in 2010 demonstrating a continued professional attitude towards the sport and the club’s members in providing a safe and well-organised environment.

I can understand how important and positive this campaign is to the local community. When the club owns their own grounds it will also allow them to access further funding to enable the club to grow further and better support the local community.

You can find out more about the LEGACY campaign and the club at . There’s also a radio interview that gives a great overview into what the club are trying to achieve and why.

You can also contribute directly with their fundraising.

Wishing Sutton Juniors FC every success!