IT was the “start of something amazing”.
Premiership footballer Charlie Austin cut the ribbon at the launch of a new youth club, ICE, on Tuesday evening.
He took time from his busy schedule to join the youngsters after declaring the new club, based at Hungerford Youth and Community Centre, Priory Road, open.
The Southampton striker is a former John O’Gaunt School pupil who formerly played for Hungerford Town and Kintbury Rangers.
The weekly club is for children in Years 6 to 11 with special educational needs and disabilities, including autism.
The official name is Hungerford Youth Group, but is known as ICE – Independent, Confident and Empowered.
The group was started by seven parents, who all have children with additional needs, mainly ADHD.
After cutting the ribbon soon after 6.30pm, Charlie Austin spent time mixing with the children and chatting to them.
One of the organisers, Vicki King, said: “Charlie turned up after specially changing his plans around. How pleased were the kids!”
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