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Barnsley Tykes refuelled by MARS donation

Barnsley Tykes Disability Football Club is celebrating after receiving a £250 donation from the MARS Refuel Drink Fund.

Barnsley Tykes is one of the few clubs in the area that allows disabled people from the age of 16 to play football whatever their ability. Set up 15 years ago, the club has four teams and they train once a week at the ground of Barnsley Football Club.

Molly Walker, club secretary, says: “All of our coaches are qualified with at least an F.A. level 1 coaching certificate, therefore in order for us to expand the team, we need more qualified coaches. We also attend several tournaments throughout the summer months and the cost of hiring buses can be quite expensive.

“With this donation from the MARS Refuel Drink Fund we can train up more coaches which will help grow the club. We can also cover the travel costs to some of our competitions which is always a great boost for the team. We are always looking for new players and both men and women of all abilities are welcome.”

A recent survey conducted by chocolate milk drink, MARS Refuel, revealed that the main barriers preventing people from taking part in sport are a lack of motivation and cost.

But with the incredible summer of sport that lies ahead, there should be plenty to motivate people to get active.

The MARS Refuel Drink Fund was set up to help individuals and clubs play their chosen sport for longer. Applicants for support such as equipment, coaching, pitch time and travel expenses can be made online at

The MARS Refuel Drink Fund, which runs until September 30 2012, has one Gold (£1000), four Silver (£500) and eight Bronze (£250) awards to donate each month.

The fund is open to residents of, and clubs and organisations based in the UK and Republic of Ireland only. Applicants must be 13 years or over and only one application will be accepted per person, club or organisation.

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