Bideford College students have been giving young people a good name by helping out the Bideford Blues youth football club. Ten college students who had been unable to complete their work experience elsewhere grabbed the chance to help the club by painting the new dugouts next to the main football pitch in Northam, which were donated last year by Park United, the adult team who also play there. As well as sprucing up the dugouts, they have also been given license to be creative and produce a truly unique look for the Blues. Its something for them to say we did that, said club committee member and assistant welfare officer Lorraine Lee, who approached the college about the project. Its something theyve achieved, and theres only one artist amongst them, so I think theyve pitched in really, really well. Theyve all been really polite and theyve worked really well together. Theyve bonded, which is nice. They all go to each other and talk when theyre cleaning brushes or whatever. Theyve come a long way. All of the students who took part in the painting will not just get their work experience forms signed. The club have also written letters for each of them to say thank you for their help. Simon Boyne, one of the teachers from Bideford College who has overseen their work, has also seen a change in attitude through the experience. I think theyre just pleased to help the community, he said. Every time they drive down here they can see their work straight away. It always surprises me how much they do. Its nice to see a different side to the kids, theyve been really good. Its all about working with people who they dont normally work with and theyve worked great as a team. As well as the new dugouts, the students have also painted a new black board for the clubhouse and a target board with the ultimate aim being to raise enough money for a new tractor for groundsman Dave to help keep an eye on fundraising. The club, which has over 300 youngsters on their books playing in 18 teams, will be holding a number of fundraising activities, including a car wash, and Devon FA will match all the money the club raises. Well try and involve all the children from the club really because its their club, said Chairman and girls team manager Amy Hawkes. Everything the students from the college have done is great. Its all life skills that they can take away with them and it boosts their confidence. The link between the club and the college is a well established one a couple of years ago a similar group of youngsters painted a 1966-inspired mural in the clubhouse, and the club would be more than happy to see that link continue in the future. Bideford Blues are still seeking sponsors for their kits, and welcome any new volunteers to help run the club.