A JUNIOR football side has been given a 'fare' old start to the season - thanks to a bus operator.

Briercliffe's under-sevens side can turn out in fresh new kit after sealing a sponsorship deal with Mainline.

Bus driver Michael Sparks, their manager, helped to engineer the arrangement.

He said: "We’re very grateful to Mainline and The Burnley Bus Company for this wonderful support. Through our partnership with Kicks4Cubs we offer younger children the chance to enjoy being involved in grassroots football and being part of a team."

Kevin Timberlake, the firm's performance manager, said several of today's stars started out in youth football.