A NEW community football league is launching in Ellesmere Port next month.

Not-for-profit organisation Leisure Leagues have set up the six-a-side competition at Vauxhall Motors Sports and Social Club.

The new league will start on June 13 between 6-8pm and continue on a weekly basis.

Initially there will be one league consisting of eight teams before hopefully expanding to three divisions in the future.

Signing up to compete in the league is free of charge with teams paying a standard fee of £35 per week to play, which covers the cost of pitch hire, referees and equipment.

Any surplus profits are then donated to numerous causes.

Dan Beddard, sports development manager at Leisure Leagues, said: "We are a non-profit, fully Government-backed trust that have leagues running all over the world working tirelessly to play our part in getting the nation moving again, whilst promoting good physical and mental wellbeing and maintaining a good community feel to our competitions.

"As the world's most established provider of small, sided football, we are endorsed by internationally renowned referee Mark Clattenburg and ex-Man United manager Ron Atkinson.

"'We are the only national provider of small sided leagues which is committed to putting all its surplus profits into good causes.

"These beneficiaries consist of the Dogs Trust, Zoe’s Place, Blind Children UK, Molly Olly’s Wishes and Cancer Research UK.

"The league is simple to enter. All you need to do is get together with some of your mates and form a team, then enter online in two minutes.

"You’ll then get a call from your area manager, who will run through the rules and answer any questions you may have.

"Then on the day of the game, one of the team needs to pay your match fee online – you must pay online and you must do this in advance, and arrive early for the game.

"You’ll be greeted by the Leisure Leagues' official, and you’ll play in a league with qualified referees and all equipment provided. You’ll get valuable fitness and fun. And do it again next week."