Football is something that we at All Out Football are obviously passionate about and the power of football is abundantly clear, no more so this week following the death of Fiorentina Captain Davide Astori with the Florence streets flooded by fans for his funeral.
Watford fan Andy Calvert is using the power of football once again for the greater good following the tragic passing of his first born Alfie in 2015. Hartham United Football Club has been created in an attempt to raise awareness and money linked to the charity 4Louis which looks at offering support for families that suffer from a stillbirth or neonatal death.
So how can football once again play its part? Hartham United are going to be competing as a Sunday League club in the East Herts Corinithians League, in many respects like any other but with an additional focus on generating donations and building an awareness with Andy's story in mind. Plenty of work is being done behind the scenes in an attempt to make the club a success but of course this also relies on the generosity of others and any way the club can develop through fundraising is being sort after as an ongoing process.
Watford Football Club showed that community is still at the heart of the club by prodiving Andy's family with a signed shirt by all of the players with Afie on the back for his funeral. This was after Andy emailed the club about getting shirt which was out of stock at the time. Watford followed this up enquiring about the reason and therefore went out of their way to assist a set of loyal fans.
Hartham themselves have secured a home kit sponsorship following discussions with local businessman Phil Sadler who runs SEEMS Flooring ltd. Importantly they have a willing recruit of players who will be looking for indivudal sponsors of up to £50 which will be directed straight to charity. With the aim to proceed 25% of all of the clubs funds from the end of the season to charity, Hartham United will be looking to pick up as they go along.
You can follow the club on social media @HarthamUnitedFC both on Facebook and Twitter which will look to raise awareness through being active online and reaching the footballing community. This is also the key place to find out more information about their story.
The passion for the game is no stronger than on a Sunday morning when thousands of committed players take to the pitch for the love of the game, this will be no different as as Hartham United look to take on their competitors but with a special message to come with it. The power of football.