A NEWLY-FORMED youth football club is making an impact in its community after announcing a link-up with a male cancer charity.

Darlington Young Bulls FC is the only youth side in the country to be partnered with Prostate Cancer UK.

As part of the arrangement, the club’s young players are taught about the condition and encouraged to discuss it with older family members.

Coach Michael Heylligar, a youth development manager with Darlington Borough Council, said: “When the need for a FA regulated football club was identified in Darlington, experienced and committed volunteers set to work establishing the team.

“Youngsters were invited to train twice a week and the first squad was formed.

“Darlington Rugby Club has generously afforded the use of its facilities.

“During the winter months, training sessions take place indoors and the team has the use of two pitches for both friendly and league matches.”

Officials are keen to stress that the club, which is newly affiliated to the Football Association, is inclusive and welcoming.

Mr Heylligar added: “We place a great deal of emphasis on not only developing football skills, but team spirit, which is supported by a range of policies which embed the club’s ethos.

“Supporting adults have recently completed the newly-established Respect course and they are to be congratulated on subsequently passing the integral test.

“Darlington Young Bulls prides itself on the highest standards of sportsmanship, both on and off the pitch.

“We are currently in discussions with partners regarding the formation of a league and a cup competition for young players with special educational needs.”

New players are being sought, particularly those aged between seven and 12. For more information, call 07846-475-984.

  • The club’s under-11 side were in action against Richmond Town on Saturday (February 1), at the rugby club’s Blackwell Meadows ground, with the visitors winning 6-3.