After beating hopefuls from across Europe for a place in Arsenal’s Under 19s, schoolgirl Lily Agg set her sights on becoming an England international. However she is now in danger of loosing her place if she is unable to raise the required fees.
Unfortunately Lily’s mum has been unable to raise the £6000 a year residential fees and, as she works full-time as a Macmillan nurse, has been told she is not eligible for funding. After exhausting all other avenues Lily is asking local businesses to come forward and help her achieve her dream.
Sepaking of her frustration at the system Lily’s mum Ruth said "I've brought Lily up to believe that you have to work hard to get what you want but if I had been on benefits, Lily would have received £4,000 a year residential bursary," she said.
"I earn good money but I have four children and need to pay child care fees for my two little ones.
"When you take out the mortgage, there's not much left.
"It's such a tragedy – it's her life, it's her biggest dream."
So far Pan Patel from the R&J shop on Firle Road has come forward and offered to pay the first month of Lily's fees and the family hopes further businesses may come forward to provide further sponsorship.