Football dads launch Louth junior team

Louth OB Under 9s Black show off their new kits with Alistair Bett (left) of sponsors Flexidig, Simon Williams (right) of Tri-pack Plastics and coach, and middle of back row, coaches Guy Shufflebotham and Charlie Stratford EMN-150911-145311002
Louth OB Under 9s Black show off their new kits with Alistair Bett (left) of sponsors Flexidig, Simon Williams (right) of Tri-pack Plastics and coach, and middle of back row, coaches Guy Shufflebotham and Charlie Stratford EMN-150911-145311002
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A group of dads have used their own experiences of youth football to form a new team with Louth Old Boys.

Louth OB’s Under 9s Black were set up by Simon Williams, Guy Shufflebotham and Charlie Stratford and have made a decent start to the season in the Gradely Grimsby League. On Sunday they held derby rivals Louth Town to an entertaining 3-3 draw.

“All three of us used to play to a high local and district level as schoolkids,” said Simon.

“Our kids are all at that age and we felt it would be good to put something back into the community. One thing we think we all know a lot about is football!”

The team has been sponsored by Grantham’s Electrical (North Thoresby), Flexi Dig (Louth) and Tri-pack Plastics (Grimsby) which has allowed them to buy home and away kits as well as training jackets.

Simon added: “The support shown by all parents has been fantastic and the long-term future of our group looks to be very positive.

“Kids’ football in the community is growing year on year, but without the support of all the schools, the local council and businesses, and parents, it wouldn’t happen.

“We have seen the kids develop so much in such a small space of time and parents have responded with texts of thanks for the positive changes their kids are showing.

“We would like to thank all involved with the team and club. You never know, in 10 years’ time you could see our team in the Premier League!”