CEO, Louis-James Davis has sponsored the under-13 team who last season won the Primary Cup. Stalybridge compete in the East Manchester Junior Football League of 63 teams ranging from under 7s to over 16s. They run soccer schools for kids from 5 and up, and are registered with the Cheshire FA.
Playing in the highest league in East Manchester and striving to win the treble this season, Stalybridge Celtic want to have the best kit to match their winning performances on the pitch. Last season the young team came third in the league, won the Primary Cup and were runners up in the County Cup. The brand-new kit, along with much-needed winter-weather gear means the team can look good and feel good as they take to the pitch, giving the players freedom to express themselves with the ball.
Louis-James sponsored the team after attending a Manchester United game with his dad, and spotted the local team collecting donations. Teams typically seek companies to donate towards home or away kits but Louis decided that the right thing to do would be to sponsor everything from kits to coats to footballs.
Jill Jones who is in charge of finding sponsorship for the young team said: “It’s always an extremely difficult task trying to obtain sponsorship to buy new kit for a youth football team and it often gets to the point where it feels like you’re pestering people. Therefore it was a massive surprise when LJ approached our team directly and offered to help, without us even having to ask!
We told LJ that we were looking for a new first team strip, tracksuits and winter coats and would be grateful if he could sponsor either of these. To our amazement LJ went for sponsoring everything! The kind sponsorship will mean that we will be one of the best turned out football teams in the whole area for the next 2 years. Now all we have to do is match the appearance with our results!
It’s great that LJ cares about the team enough to make this generous offer and we’d like to give say a massive thank you from Jill and Garry, and also all the boys and the coaches at Stalybridge Celtic U13s.”
The kits will last up to two years, which provides stability for this team to keep enjoying their football and to continue to win trophies around East Manchester. All kids get a full kit sponsored by VST Enterprises, whose logos will feature on the tops.