WINSFORD Girls Juniors are preparing to take on the world - but they need a little help from you.

The Under 16s squad, based at Moss Farm sports complex, is to compete in the Gothia World Youth Cup, held each year in Gothenburg, Sweden.

But the club is seeking donations and sponsorship from businesses and members of the public to help fund the trip, tracksuits, bottles and other essential equipment.

A total of between £350-500 per girl is needed for a squad comprising 15 players, funds which could elevate this talented squad onto the world stage.

The World Youth Cup, to be staged in July, is an annual event held in Scandinavia which attracts players from more than 1,500 teams from 120 countries. Competitions are split into boys and girls sections from U11 to U19s and Winsford will be there to represent the club, the county and England.

The tournament is the biggest of its kind in the world.

Club chairman Tony Lee said: 'This is a fantastic opportunity and life experience for the girls.

'We need as much help as possible from our community to help raise funds to achieve this goal for the girls.

'The support of local businesses would be greatly appreciated.'

The U16s side has enjoyed huge success over the years winning the league three times in succession and claiming the Chronicle/ScottishPower Your Champions team of the year award in 2005.

U16s coach Dave McGrath said: 'Half of the current squad has been together since the age of eight but some of the girls will be moving on next year to play open-age football so this is the last year that this team will be together.

'We have been the best team in Cheshire for the last three years and have won pretty much everything.

'That is why we have decided to take the girls to the biggest tournament we can go for.'

* If you think you can help call the girls' coaches Dave McGrath on 07875 483459 or John Owen on 07711 108087. All cheques need to be made payable to: Winsford Girls JFC and sent to 17 Conway Avenue, Winsford, Cheshire.

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