Former Chelsea footballer appeals for help for young soccer players

Michael Duberry celebrates scoring for Chelsea against Manchester Utd in 1996. Credit: Colorsport  Nick Kidd.
Michael Duberry celebrates scoring for Chelsea against Manchester Utd in 1996. Credit: Colorsport Nick Kidd.

A former professional footballer is calling on residents to fundraise for a young football team.

Michael Duberry, 39, from Hemel Hempstead is a former centre-back for Chelsea, Leeds United and Reading football clubs, who became manager for the Bovingdon Thunder U7’s team, which his son Koby plays for.

Michael Duberry with the Bovingdon Thunder U7s team.

Michael Duberry with the Bovingdon Thunder U7s team.

Michael set up a GoFundMe campaign with the aim of raising £2,500 to help provide the Bonvingdon Thunder players with a new kit, tracksuits and training equipment for the new season. In six days more than £2,100 of the fundraising target has been donated via GoFundMe, as the community has got behind Michael’s campaign.

He said: “I look back the beginning of my football journey and think that if my parents had had to pay for anything other than boots and subs then I wouldn’t have carried on for long.

“I don’t want any of my team to have to have their journey stopped for the reason of expense. Donations will help the team start their football journey on a strong and positive note.”

GoFundMe, the world’s most popular fundraising website, provides a platform for people to organise their own campaign to raise money for personal causes and life events and invite those in their community to support their fundraising.

To date, GoFundMe fundraisers in the UK have raised £20million for a whole host of different causes from medical expenses, education costs, volunteer programmes, youth sports to funerals & memorials – even animals and pets. The site has raised $840M globally in total since launching in 2010.

Michael Duberry is raising money through world’s most popular fundraising website, GoFundMe, which has helped raise over which has helped raise over £4.5 million in UK so far this year. To donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/wnzub8

“Michael’s campaign to fundraise for the local kids football team has already been very successful, almost reaching its £2,500 target in under a week. This campaign is a shining example of what can happen when GoFundMe is used to its full potential,” said Kelsea Little, Media Director at GoFundMe.com.

For more information, or to set up a fundraising page, visit www.gofundme.com or follow GoFundMe on Twitter or Facebook.