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Garden City FC score new kits - thanks to The Goonies and Snow White

Garden City under-10s could have been playing football in just their socks this season, if it wasn’t for The Goonies, Back to the Future and Snow White.

When the squad found out about an exciting opportunity which involved receiving free football kits, they pounced at the chance of looking like the best team in the league.

Freekits helps cash-strapped teams be awarded a brand new, numbered and individually sized kit. Garden City players knew all they had to do was collect 400 CDs and DVDs and trade them into Music Magpie. The charity-based company would then collect the items and dispatch the kits, completely free of charge.

The team soon had friends, families and neighbours running around the community in an attempt to find 400 CDs and DVDs. In just two weeks, the community had granted the request and earned the right to be sent out a brand-new football kit for the whole squad.

To celebrate the youngster’s success, former England goalkeepers Peter Shilton and Gordon Banks (who support the Freekits campaign) joined up with the team at Oxford United’s Kassam stadium to show them some moves - Not bad for two weeks work!

Banks: Helping communities work together

Gordon Banks, England's World Cup winning goalkeeper in 1966, said: “This initiative is an excellent way to help communities across the country work together to support their local teams.

“All the famous players, past and present, have started their careers at a grass roots level so Xpro are proud to be working alongside musicMagpie to give something back to these teams who continue to develop the talent we see today.”

Alec Puleston, 9, goalkeeper with Garden City FC said: “When we got to the Kassam Stadium, we were given a tour which was really interesting. Then we had a big surprise because we got to meet ex England footballers Peter Shilton and Gordon Banks who gave us our kits.

“They both played in goal for England in their careers and Gordon Banks even won the World Cup in 1966. They gave me some goalkeeping tips including how to move in the goal which was brilliant. I can’t believe I have been taught by England goalkeepers!”

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