Falcons need help to spread their wings
The naming of four Marlborough-based players in the New Zealand King Salmon Nelson Marlborough Falcons football squad was just the start of the hard work for the players and those connected with the quartet.
Omar Guardiola, Taine Swete and Tore Waechter were members of the inaugural Falcons squad in 2013 and they have been joined in the side this year by Carl Connor-McClean.
Although the rewards of making such a high profile side are obvious, the travel and finance factor is often underestimated.
Nigel Thompson, a member of the Falcons board, explained that, including pre-season, the Marlborough lads will be travelling to Nelson three times per week for training, games and away games. That's around 60 return trips during the season.
"Last season, their fuel bill alone was $3500," Thompson pointed out. "While both Marlborough Football and Nazareth Joinery helped to fund a portion, this was predominantly paid for by themselves and/or their parents.
"This puts a huge financial strain on the players and their families in order for them to be a pivotal part of the team.
"It is hoped that Marlborough Football will come to the party again this season with a contribution, while the players are also trying to raise some money through selling raffle tickets.
"However, they will probably still require a reasonably substantial amount to help pay for travelling costs and are seeking help, through sponsorship or one-off donations."
Thompson would welcome contact on 027 2843 685 by anyone willing to help ease the players' financial burden.
- The Marlborough Express