VILLAGE football teams that looked as if they were heading towards extinction have been saved by a housing association.

The club house used by Worton and Cheverell Youth and Sunday football teams was in such a bad condition they looked as if they would be banned from local leagues.

Not only were the changing rooms not considered up to standard the crumbling building was also attracting vandalism.

But Aster Group along with their contractors Bell Decorating Group and Marden Roofing have come to the rescue.

Football club secretary Victoria Goddard was overwhelmed by the support. She said: "I cannot thank the teams at Aster, Bell Group and Marden Roofing enough. It's amazing.

"The clubhouse used to look like a derelict building which was encouraging anti-social behaviour, but now it’s a safe and secure building and everyone can take pride in it.

“This will help the teams go from strength to strength and enable us to support all the local children in our communities to play football and enjoy the new facilities.”

Aster contracts manager William Gray and supervisor Dave Stephens heard about the club's problems and asked colleagues to lend a hand.

The building team took advantage of Aster Group’s volunteering scheme and took time out of their day jobs to install a new kitchen and shower units at the club.

Contractors Bell Decorating Group and Marden Roofing also got involved, volunteering their time and materials to provide a new roof and a fresh lick of paint.

The new look club house was officially opened last month when a family fun day and five-a-side football match was held between Aster and Worton and Cheverell.

Gary Prince, operations director at Aster said: “I was delighted so see how our Aster colleagues and contractors got involved with what turned into quite a big community project to save the club house.

"One that I hope will bring great joy to the to the young people that use it.”

Aster says it is committed to supporting its local communities and under the Aster Foundation gives its employees the opportunity to volunteer 150 working days each year to support projects.