Bolton Wanderers have announced they will be launching a new grassroots initiative with partners Macron and the University of Bolton.

It’s rare to hear of any positive news coming from Bolton of late. With the first team struggling and financial troubles occasionally flaring up, it’s a tough life as a Bolton fan.

But the doom and gloom lifted yesterday, if only briefly, with the club’s announcement that Bolton Wanderers and their sponsors, Macron and the University of Bolton, are set to launch a new grassroots football scheme to help the next generation of players.

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The scheme, dubbed ‘Grassroots Gift of Kit’, is the only one of its kind in the EFL. It will see the club donating sets of kit to 300 junior teams in the local area.

Skipper explains why the initiative is important

Club Captain, David Wheater, will act as ambassador for the scheme.

Wheater told the Club’s website: “Every single footballer in this country has been involved in grassroots football when they were younger.

“We all realise the importance of junior football clubs.”

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It’s a heart-warming scheme that will really give something back into the community. At a time when results on the pitch are mediocre, it’s a nice change to report on something positive.

If anything, the announcement brings a pleasant distraction from the turmoil on the pitch for Bolton and, although this is a long shot, could one day lead to the next generation of youth talent at Bolton.

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