A group of young footballers and their coaches will compete in this year’s Yeovil Half Marathon to raise money for charities close to their hearts.

Six members of the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust’s under-18s squad, community officer, Mark Challen and coach Josh Hurst will take part in the event on Saturday, March 20, to raise money for the Trust and Cancer Research UK.

The Trust has played a key role in the lives of the players with many being involved in initiatives led by the Trust to support and inspire youngsters since it was founded in 2008.

They made a decision to split the money with Cancer Research UK which raises money to help tackle the illness which has affected many of them and their team-mates.

Harry Barnes, one of the under-18s who will run the half marathon, said his team-mates along with Mark and Josh had even found time to squeeze in extra running sessions around their football training.

He said: “I have been involved with Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust for 8 years progressing up the playing ladder and now starting to become a coach.

“They have taught me so much in that time playing and coaching. Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust has made me a more confident individual and the opportunities I have had volunteering to coach players who were once in the same position as me has been amazing.

“I cannot thank them enough for what they have done for me, so hopefully this can go some way to paying them back.”

Community officer Mark added: “As the manager of the Trust’s under-18s side which competes in the Junior Premier League, I was keen to integrate the lads into a fundraising activity that they would fine enjoyable and rewarding.

“As some members of our squad have been directly affected by cancer, it is fitting to run for Cancer Research UK as well as raising money for the Trust.

“I am looking forward to raising money for two great causes, as well as raising the profile of the Trust and Yeovil Town Football Club.”