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Effingham Village Recreation Trust in Surrey offer spaces that our local community can join in with like football clubs, garden clubs and walking groups. The playing fields and Hall are spaces for the community to enjoy together through their hobbies.

We’re one of these groups and as Bookham FC’s youth football club, we have 25 teams in Surrey with players ranging from 6 to 18 years old. We’re a tight-knit community, mainly run by devoted parents with FA Level One coaching qualifications.

We care more about an individual player’s development rather than winning a match at all costs. We’re able to bring our local community together through their shared love of the sport, developing skills and forming friendships.

Co-op Membership has changed

Being part of Co-op’s Halloween TV ad

Effingham Village Recreation Trust are part of Co-op’s Local Community Fund, which means when Co-op Members in our local community buy selected Co-op branded products and services, 1% of their spend goes to them as their chosen local cause.

We were still so surprised when the Co-op asked us to get involved with their TV ad, the kids were really excited to be a part of it.

On the day of filming, the kids really enjoyed themselves and I’m sure you’ll agree, they were all naturals on camera. You can watch the TV ad below.

Co-op Members are helping to improve community spaces

Whether you’re on the pitch or cheering from the sidelines, the friendships formed here and the games played are what people talk about years later.

That’s why Effingham Village Recreation Trust are part of the Co-op’s Local Community Fund; to raise money to improve the facilities and open up our club to more children and young people. We’re fundraising for an all-weather sports pitch.

This is why the Co-op and the Local Community Fund fit so well with our ethos.

Mike Creffield
Chairman Bookham Colts

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  3. Fantastic idea. Does it matter whereabout in Britain the funds go to???? The Co-op supports LOCAL charity groups and good causes too and as long as people benefit from the funding then more power to their elbow. Keep up the good work!!! If it gets kids off their computers and into the fresh air then so much the better. I also think that the advert is delightful! xx

  4. I support our Scottish children.
    As a member I support my local community.

  5. I’m sorry that a celebration of death and fear and horror has entered the co-op culture (in Hallowe’en).

  6. We support over 350 local children become active in sport and in order to increase membership and opportunity we just need to get over our funding line, if you are able to support pls do:

  7. At first site the Bookham colts might not seem worthy, but on refection, these could be fairly under privileged youngsters, male or female in a particularly wealthy area. As to support for “Trick or treat’ etc. this is an American marketing idea on which the less said the better. I will add that this can be construed as a pre-pagan ritual originally from central Europe and another form of legalised begging that has taken over from Guy Faulkes night. I am aware that both can be found on the national curriculum Key stages 1 & 2.

  8. We need more of this. Sounds wonderful!


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