AN ISLE of Wight football club hosted a funday last weekend, complete with pony rides and a bouncy castle.

Sandown and Lake Youth Football Club ­— established in 1973, and now with more than 100 children enrolled ­— raised more than £1,000.

"I would personally like to thank all our parents, stall holders, raffle prize donations and the amazing committee for all their hard work," said club secretary, Jacqui Middlemiss.

"Events like this take a lot of organising, but when you see the smile on the kids faces and all the positive comments, it's worth every minute."

The event featured a slush shack, pony rides, football games, stall holders, and a huge bouncy castle.

There was a raffle of 42 prizes, and the Shanklin Fire Brigade got a couple of the coaches kitted out in fire gear and completing tasks, capping a hot summer's day off with a hose pipe spray.

As well as the fun day, the club also held a presentation for all the players.

Ten years ago, Lake Parish Council bought Fairway Park as open space and use for the club.

"We are extremely grateful to them for this," said Jacqui.

"It means we can continue providing football for a lot of children in whatever there ability and gender, helping them get weekly exercise.

"Over the past year, a lot of work has gone into our new premises ­— we now provide toilets, tea and coffee on training and match days."

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