Members of a Stevenage-based football project for young people will be properly kitted out, thanks to funding from a local county councillor.

Robin Parker (Chells) has allocated £500 from his locality budget to the Upfront Project. The project, which is managed by volunteers, runs a football club for vulnerable or at risk young people (11-19) who are unable to join other football clubs for reasons such as cost, inaccessibility or behaviour.

A total of £10,000 is available to each of the 77 members of Hertfordshire County Council to spend on worthwhile community projects in their area.

The money will pay for football kit for members of the club to wear during matches. It will also pay for jackets for staff so that they are identifiable by members and their parents.

Cllr Parker said:

The Upfront project has proved very successful in engaging hard-to-reach young people from across Stevenage through football. As well as benefiting the members, it also benefits the wider community by combating antisocial behaviour, which tends to arise when young people feel excluded and unable to take part in structured activities like this.

Locality budgets were launched in July 2009, with funding to be used for worthy social, economic or environmental causes in Hertfordshire. For information on how to apply for funding under the scheme, visit www.hertsdirect.org and type ‘locality budgets’ into the search box.