Press Release: December 18, 2009
The Errea kit was presented at The Co-operative Bank branch in Oldham by ex Oldham Athletic favourite, David Eyres and Stacey Ashton from The Co-operative Bank.
The Co-operative Insurance, The Co-operative Bank and footballtradedirectory.com worked together to include the competition to win the new set of kit in the footballtradedirectory.com e-newsletter alongside a feature on the Community Directplus account from The Co-operative Bank, the account specially for charities, community groups including sports clubs, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.
Paul Whitehead who won the competition coaches Heyside Angels Under 11s in his spare time and his daughter Lavinia also plays for the team. The majority of the girls in the team have been with the club for three years and they are the current Oldham Girls League Champions. The club which is based in Heyside, trains at Royton & Crompton School and attracts girls from Oldham, Shaw and Rochdale.
Paul was delighted to win the kit and commented: ''I spotted The Co-operative Insurance kit competition in the footballtradedirectory.com e-newsletter last month and thought I would give it a go. They're a really special bunch of girls and needed a new kit.
''We've been trying to raise funds but this means we can use the money we have to buy other equipment we badly need, which is great news just before Christmas. I think it is brilliant what The Co-operative Insurance does with its grassroots football initiative and anything that encourages children to play sport is a good thing. I'll certainly be looking out for some of their other competitions".
George Moss, Managing Director of footballtradetradedirectory.com said: ''Grassroots football is the bedrock of the sport, and gets far less attention than it deserves. The support given by organisations like The Co-operative Insurance helps address the balance and we were only too pleased to use our website to promote this worthwhile competition.
''There was a bumper entry from all over the UK from which the winning team was drawn and we will be running similar competitions in the future."
Stacey Ashton from The Co-operative Bank, Oldham, said: It was a pleasure to present Heyside Angels Under 11s with their kit. The girls all clearly love football and are a credit to their team. I'm sure they will put the new kit to good use and I'll certainly be following their progress over the coming months."
This kit competition forms part of The Co-operative Insurance Grassroots Programme which has donated kits to over 3,300 junior football teams and provided football coaching for more than 16,000 children since it was launched in 1999. For more information about the Community Directplus account go to www.communitydirectplus.co.uk.
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