A GIRLS’ football team in Royston have been nominated for a Young Champions award for their fundraising efforts over the last year.

SAFG United, based in Rabbit Ings in Royston, raised thousands of pounds last year, as well as donating boxes of food to local foodbanks.

One of the coaches, Craig Marsh, said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be nominated for something like this.

“Honestly this is great, especially coming in such hard times, it’s bound to give a lot of the girls a lift, I can’t wait to tell them about it.

“I’m so proud of them for all the work they’ve done for the community, they really deserve this.”

The girls donated several boxes to the Barnsley Churches Drop-In Project in January, to help those that need it most in the community.

Speaking at the time, Craig told the Chronicle: “It’s a good message for the girls to learn to give something back to the community.

“They’re setting standards for the younger ones coming through as well.

“We give a lot of time to these things and the kids support it all.

“It’s not just about SAFG, it’s about Barnsley.”

As well as this, the club became the first grassroots team in the borough to gain a recognised mental health award.

The club gained the All Sport Pro Mental Health award, which certifies them to provide support to children, if they show signs of suffering from mental health issues.

Coaches, Craig Marsh and Chris White, also gave their backing when it came to the donation of a defibrillator, which they hope will be in place by June, to their facility.

The young girls at the club are pleased that all their efforts for the community have been recognised.