Oxfordshire developer David Wilson Homes has donated a set of mini footballs to a nursery in Grove to inspire children to kick off the World Cup in style.

The nursery at Millbrook Primary School – which is located close to the housebuilder’s upcoming development at Monks Farm – received 25 of the footballs ahead of one of the world’s most eagerly-awaited sporting events, set to begin in Qatar.

It’s been a big year for football in England, having already celebrated the Lionesses historic Euro 2022 win, and David Wilson Homes is encouraging youngsters’ enthusiasm for the sport as England prepare for the World Cup.

Nicky Stanton, Nursery Manager at Millbrook Primary School, said: “With the World Cup just around the corner and sparking excitement from our children, we thank David Wilson Homes for the timely donation of mini-footballs. Children attending Millbrook Nursery will be able to practice their ball-skills and have a kick-about with their friends, encouraging them to be both outside and active.”

According to Statista, football is not only the most popular sport to watch in the UK, but also the most popular team sport to participate in, with roughly 1.5 million people in England playing at least twice per month in 2021. It’s reported that 44.7% of 11 to 15-year-old and 31.4% of five to 10-year-old children play football on a monthly basis. 

David Wilson Homes’ donation was not only made to encourage young children to stay active, but also to inspire the next generation of Lions and Lionesses. The Lionesses rode to victory in the Women’s Euros this summer, and the men’s team will be hoping to replicate the success of the women in Qatar.  

Campbell Gregg, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes Southern, said: “As a leading housebuilder, we aim to support the communities in which we build and this includes helping children to stay active and encourage them to follow in the footsteps of their role models. We hope the children who attend the nursery at Millbrook Primary School will enjoy using the footballs throughout the World Cup and continue to show an interest in sport!”