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Oldland Abbotonians Ladies managed to find a way to raise funds for their club during the lockdown - and put themselves through the pain barrier in doing it!
The South West League side came up with an idea which turned out to be very successful, a 1,000 mile challenge which involved the club's players.
"We wanted to think of some way that we could get some kilometres in that would keep the girls competitive," manager Steve Lavis told Women's Soccer Scene. "I suggested that maybe we could have some form of running competition where the girls ran a set distance individually, but against a team mate on certain nights so that we could make a league table up based on times.
"From there, the girls took the idea forward into maybe making it sponsored and it started off with us trying to do 1,000kms through June to raise funds for us. It quickly became evident that the girls would do that easily, so it switched to 1000 miles. That included running, walking and cycling.
"We did it with two days to spare and in fact, did just over 1,100 miles between everyone in June which was a fantastic effort. The commitment that the team showed in achieving this was matched by some of the donations we have had. People have been so generous and it has been quite incredible to see their generosity.
"We always find it difficult to attract sponsors for ourselves and the only funding we get is what we do ourselves. It is ironic that we have actually managed to secure a home kit sponsor for next season, so what we are planning to do with the funds is buy our own away kit for the first time ever with the NHS logo on the front as way of saying thank you to them. Once that is bought, then we may look at training equipment or even hoodies or tracksuits etc if we have enough left."
"During our end of season presentation, we were looking for a way to all keep connected and fit during lockdown," added captain Nicky Hoare.
"It was decided a team fitness challenge was the best way to do this and so the 1,000 miles in June was born! We set up a Strava group so we could easily track the miles and it became the perfect place to keep encouraging and challenging each other.
"As we thought we would struggle for sponsors this season we thought we would set up a fundraising page and have been absolutely blown away by the support of friends and family. The challenge was amazing for team morale and the money we have raised will enable us to buy our first ever away kit!
"I'm so proud of the team for the achievement - running in the heat, rain and hail and finding time between home schooling, working from home etc to get out on the roads! There have been some great personal achievements along the way with people running their first ever 10k and breaking all their PB's. Finally a big thank you to everyone who has supported us, it means so much to us and the club!"
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