New kit boost for Hazel Grove Jets
9 Feb 2018 12:42
TEENAGERS playing in a grass roots football team in Stockport will have new kit to play in after a national hotel company signed up to sponsor the team.
Hazel Grove United, secured the new sponsorship from the Louvre Hotels Group for their under-17’s Jets team – with the club set to celebrate its 60th birthday this year.
The sponsorship has helped the club to buy all 17 players in the squad brand new kit for the season, including home and away shirts, shorts, socks and rain jackets.
The new shirts will feature the Louvre Hotels Group logo across the front.
Hazel Grove United, founded in 1958, currently supports around 300 local youngsters who play competitive football from age seven up to 18 and has recently opened a new academy for children from age three to seven.
The under-17’s Jets team compete in the Stockport Metro League and play their home games on a 4G pitch at Hazel Grove High School in Stockport.
Paul Holme manages the under-17s team and joined Hazel Grove United as a manager six years ago.
Paul, who is also club secretary, said: “We’re all volunteers here at Hazel Grove, the club doesn’t make any profit.
“The sponsorship from Louvre Hotels has allowed us to go out there and get all of the players in our under-17’s squad a full new kit – before that they were all wearing kits that were a little bit too small for them.
“Funding is a huge problem in grass roots football, we look all around us and a fair few clubs in the area have recently folded. We absolutely rely on sponsors to keep going, it helps us to drive costs down for parents and means more people can afford to play.
“We’d like to thank the Louvre Hotels Group for the generous sponsorship, as sponsorship like this is pivotal to our survival.”
The sponsorship came about through Mark Aldridge, Director of Operations for UK and Spain at Louvre Hotels Group, which has a hotel in Salford and three in the North West.
Mark said: “It’s vital that we support grass roots football clubs like Hazel Grove United and the fantastic work that they do in our communities.
“We know how expensive it can be to comply with regulations and continue to run football clubs like this.
“I have seen first-hand the great work the club does in the community. We are delighted to be able to support that work and helping out the under-17s side by sponsoring their kit for the season.”
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