Grassroots football in crisis? Not at Fakenham Town which has 17 youth teams and needs more pitch space

Mark Argent, with his arms raised finishes his run from King's Lynn to Fakenham. Picture: Fakenham T

Mark Argent, with his arms raised finishes his run from King's Lynn to Fakenham. Picture: Fakenham Town. - Credit: Archant

It is often said that grassroots football is in crisis, with kids often more interested in smart phones than Cruyff turns.

That could not be said in Fakenham, however, with Fakenham Town now boasting an incredible 17 youth teams going into next season.

They range from under-6s to under-16s.

It has got to the point where the club is looking for more space for pitches to play on.

Volunteers are trying to create new pitches at the club for its three under-7s teams and are hiring school pitches.


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To raise money, Fakenham under-15s manager Mark Argent ran 23 miles from King's Lynn to Fakenham.

Mr Argent, who has run several marathons, was joined by friends, two youth team managers and the chairman, who cycled the journey.

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He raised £558.50 to enable work to start on the new pitch. Fakenham Town Youth thanks Mr Argent and his supporters.

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