A group of young footballers have signed up to help a countywide charity kick homelessness into touch.

The Herts Young Homeless team is calling on families in the area to support its Crashpad service, which provides a short stay solution for vulnerable teenagers who find themselves without a roof over their heads.

“This offers temporary accommodation to vulnerable young people, aged 16 to 17, for up to three weeks and provides vital breathing space in times of conflict at home or in a crisis,” said a spokeswoman.

Stevenage Soccer Starlets, Stevenage Borough’s U9s team for girls, have pledged their support.

Their new strip displays the Herts Young Homeless logo.

They are also taking part in a bag packing fundraiser a swell as a ‘flash dance’ at a supermarket later this month.

Coach Denise Wells, who is the charity’s Crashpad officer, said: “We’re really proud to be supporting the charity and hope to raise awareness for its services as well as hopefully gain some more Crashpad hosts.

“The girls are new to football this year, starting only seven weeks ago.

“They are a very energetic bunch, but a delight to teach.”

Herts Young Homeless provides a number of services to support vulnerable, homeless young people aged between 16 and 24.

The spokeswoman added: “If you think you could help and have a spare room please call our Crashpad team.”

Hosts need to provide:

l A bed.

l Evening meal.

l Breakfast.

l Packed lunch (if required.)

l Access to washing facilities.

Each placement is generally for 21 nights.

Anyone who wants to help should ring the Crashpad team on 03333 202384.

To find out more about Herts Young Homeless and their services go to www.hyh.org.uk

To find out more about the Starlets football team contact them at stevenageborojuniorgirlsreds@gmail.com or via Facebook.