Young football players from Burgess Hill have recorded a festive music video to raise money for Rockinghorse.
Anyone with football mad children will know that they always want to be on the field kicking a ball, any chance they can, and in any weather.
But this Christmas, a team of Under 7s decided to show their love of the beautiful game in song form as a way of raising money to help other children in their community.
Players from the Burgess Hill Town Juniors Under 7s, have created a special video where they sing along to the Mariah Carey festive classic ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ and changing some of the words to demonstrate how much they enjoy football!
Andy Rumble from the club, explained why they decided to make the film, “As we are a football club for children, we wanted to do something to help children, and ideally local children.
Some of us have had babies or children in the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital at various times so we know first-hand the good that they do and are happy to be able to contribute to this in a small way, whilst doing something that the children in our football club enjoyed.”
Amongst the players taking part were Harley Calvo-Griffin, aged seven, who overcame his nerves to take part, “At first, I wasn’t very confident singing, but I enjoyed it and really liked seeing all my friends in the video.”
Jesse Rumble, aged six, loved what they created, “I didn’t think we were allowed to change the words to Christmas songs but in the end, I couldn’t stop watching the video on YouTube!”
And for six-year-old Oscar Kember, it was a great chance to combine his too passions. He said, “It was great to combine my two favourite clubs: football and drama, and I had great fun.”
The video includes lots of the young players singing and dancing, interspersed with some of their on-field skills. There were even prizes for the best singing and best costumes, with Arthur Brown, Joey Smith and Charlie Field being recognised.
You can watch the video here:
Emma Cunliffe, Supporter Engagement Manager at Rockinghorse, said, “At Christmas we are always overwhelmed by the support we receive from the local community. And this video is a great example of some of the innovative fundraising that goes on all around Sussex.
“The team have really done an amazing job; it’s not easy to organise something like this but it’s brilliantly done, and we want to say a massive thank you to Andy and every single member of the team for working so hard to make this video and for helping to fundraise for Rockinghorse this Christmas.”
And if you would like to donate, you can visit the team’s Just Giving page here.