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Rose Hill Junior Football Club (JFC) in Marple is one of the first in the country to issue its own football sticker album.

In a local version of the world famous Panini © sticker albums - which feature global superstars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - Rose Hill’s album will feature its own players, coaches and volunteers.

The ambitious club devised the unique scheme to raise much-needed funds with the help of Spanish company, Cromogal, a specialist in sticker albums for amateur clubs.This scheme will also bring the age groups closer together, and raise the club’s profile.

Over 200 players and 40 coaches and volunteers are taking part and had their photos taken for the album. 

Local businesses in Marple have advertised in the album and the club will take a share of money raised from sales of sticker packs at McColl’s in Marple and Marple Newsagents 

Jaume Pijoan, Rose Hill JFC Co-Chairman, said: “We’ve been working on our sticker album since the start of the season, and instead of world cup stars it features our own superstars plus our coaches and volunteers who make the running of the club possible.”

“We have been suffering from a lack of funding for grassroots football so we thought up this great idea. There’s a real buzz at the club, everyone is talking about it and we’re really excited about the launch at the end of November when every player will receive their own personalised sticker album and families will be able to buy and collect stickers,” Jaume added.

The club was founded in the early 1990s to give boys and girls who’d been turned away by other clubs a chance to play football locally. The club has expanded, with age groups spanning U7s to U17s. A total of 18 teams play in the Stockport Metro League and the award-winning Manchester Respect League. Local children also benefit from the ongoing partnership with Footytotz, an early years play programme for children aged 18 months to five years.

Steven Machin, Rose Hill JFC Co-Chairman, said: “Despite competing with the growing number of ‘academy’ clubs, we remain true to our ethos and roots - giving every boy and girl a chance to learn how to play the beautiful game in the right way. 

And now with the fantastic sticker album, we hope to go from strength to strength.”

The Launch date is 24th November at Hawk Green Cricket Club