Hopeful future football stars from a Cambridgeshire market town have been kitted out in style thanks to a sponsorship deal with a local fostering agency.

Little Acorns Fostering, based in Haverhill, has agreed to sponsor St Ives Rangers Under 11s, who compete in the Hunts Youth League. The deal allowed the team to purchase a kit and training tops for a squad of 14 players to be used throughout the season.

The team’s assistant coach Andrew German, who is a registered foster parent with Little Acorns, said: “We are really grateful for the support and sponsorship that Little Acorns has offered to the club. The kit sponsorship allows us to keep costs low and maximise participation. We are also extremely proud to be promoting the work of Little Acorns within the local community. Through this partnership we can encourage others to consider making the step of becoming a foster parent.”

Little Acorns Fostering is an Ofsted “Outstanding” rated agency, that recruits, trains and supports foster parents. The agency works closely with local authorities and social services in south Cambridgeshire, West Suffolk and North Essex to ensure children are placed with the most appropriate family to meet their individual needs.

Cheryl Jillions, Operations Director at Little Acorn, said: “As an ethical agency we always try to support local good causes whenever possible and to encourage young people to participate in healthy activities such as sport. St Ives Rangers are a respected organisation within its community and we hope by working together we can encourage more people to become foster parents.

“There is a shortage of foster parents in the East of England and we really do need more people to come forward to provide vulnerable children the loving and supportive childhood they deserve.”

For more information on Little Acorns Fostering go to www.littleacornsfostering.co.uk. Alternatively, you can telephone on 01440 732010 or email [email protected]