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Youngsters at Iwade Herons FC are now the proud owners of a new football kit, thanks to Swale Heating.
The Sittingbourne-based company stepped in and pledged £800 in sponsorship after the managers of the club’s Under-7s Colts and Herons, Simon Godfrey and Graham Young, appealed for help.
Simon said: “The pitches in Iwade where the kids previously played all their games were taken over by developers as part of building work that is under way. The pitches won’t be handed back for at least another three years, during which time we’re having to pay a not insignificant sum to the school and other venues to host the kids’ training and matches.
“While we appreciate that it’s one of those things, it means we have less money to pay for all the equipment that the children need.”
Swale Heating’s sponsorship means that, as well as providing new kit, the club has enough funding to support the next group of children starting in the under-5s this year and ensures that the club can continue to provide facilities and coaching.
“The kits are very expensive and Swale Heating’s kind and generous sponsorship has allowed us to buy 17 children a full kit without having to ask parents for additional money or increasing fees,” added Simon.
“You should have seen the kids’ faces when they turned out for a friendly tournament for the first time in their new kit. They looked like a real team and were so proud!”
Swale Heating’s Sales Director, Matthew Edwards, said: “The club have a high number of children who want to play football and work hard to keep fees down so that everyone gets the chance to be included, so it’s great that we’ve been able to help.”
Swale Heating donated the money as part of client AmicusHorizon’s Contractor Giving Something Back Initiative, which encourages contractors and suppliers who work with the housing association to give something back to their community.
Since the scheme was launched in 2012, Swale Heating has ploughed £175,000 into a wide range of community projects.
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