THE future of an amateur football club run entirely by volunteers has been secured after a new sponsor stepped up after the previous support went bust. 

An appeal for new sponsors for Berks County FC, which was also published in the Bracknell News in February, caught the eye of local entrepreneur Daryl Clarke who has now agreed to step in to plug the financial black hole left after the club's original sponsor Blue Qube Construction Ltd went into liquidation. 

Support from his company, Digitavia, means the club is back on track to start work on new grounds in Ascot and buy new kits for their 32 teams. 

Mr Clarke said: "My son plays for one of the teams and he loves it. They do such a great job there, they sent round an email asking for sponsors and I also saw the Bracknell News article and I thought, why not?

"They do so much there and they're all volunteering their own time.

"It's a really nice club, they are really big on respect, it teaches the kids some good rules. It's nice to see because it's something that can get lost sometimes, even the parents have to behave themselves, no swearing on the sidelines."

The News previously reported how the club, a registered charity, was facing financial strife after Blue Qube Construction Ltd shut its doors and withdrew £2,000 worth of funding from the club after going into liquidation.

With the support of audio-visual firm Digitavia, Berks County FC chairman Richard Lloyd hopes they can expand the number of teams and increase football participation for girls at their currently-undersubscribed girls' football centre. 

Mr Lloyd said: "We are delighted that Digitavia has agreed to two years of sponsorship with Berks County FC, they are a local company who have grown organically much like our selves. Now we look forward to building our fantastic club in line with our business development plan."

The new sponsorship deal is one of Digitavia's many charitable causes, they have also recently donated a new minibus to help Bracknell's Foodbank.

Mr Clarke added: "If we do something local with local people it's a lot more fulfilling. You know you're helping them, with the national charities it can get a bit lost but with local charities you can see the impact it's having."

Work on the Berks County FC new grounds can get going once Sport England reapprove the club's grant.