Local junior football team praise their new sponsors
Motherwell Phoenix football team have celebrated the launch of their new strips thanks to sponsorship from housebuilders, Springfield Properties.
Since the launch of the new housing development of more than 100 homes along Airbles Road in Motherwell, Springfield Properties have supported Motherwell Phoenix FC by donating new home and away kits.
To thank the company, the team of eight to -nine year-olds invited representatives from Springfield to join them for a training session, even making one of them an honorary player for the day.
Motherwell Phoenix football coach, and Dad to one of the players, Andy Love said:
“We wanted to set up a team for kids to encourage them to stay active, showing them it can be good fun. Motherwell Phoenix is a not for profit team. The small monthly fee goes into renting pitches and equipment. Our coaches are all volunteers, many of whom are parents of players.
“Organisations like ours rely heavily on donations. Kits and equipment are expensive and as a parent myself, costs for the kids out of school activities add up quickly! The generosity of Springfield means so much to the club and to the kids too. The team were over the moon with their new kits. They all turn up for a game wearing the same, no one is left out and they look brilliant.”
Spearheading community engagement within Springfield Properties is Dale Ashelford, who was more than happy to attend a training session with the kids. She said:
“I was thrilled to be invited as an honorary player of Motherwell Phoenix Football Club. I was very impressed with the skills and talent of each of the players.
“The whole football team were really enthusiastic and they all looked very professional in their new kits.”
Nine-year-old Jamie Shields gave a very honest review of Dale’s football talents:
“We all really like our new Springfield kits, the black away kit is my favourite. It was really exciting that Dale came to join us in our training session. She tried her best but I don’t think we would sign her for next season.”
Motherwell Phoenix Football club currently play in the non-competitive Glasgow Youth and District League.