A new junior football team in north Bristol is celebrating after securing its first sponsorship from local business Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-School.
The Almondsbury Youth FC Under-8s team was set up in September by local man Stuart Lawrence and has grown to 36 players since the first training session was launched.
Sponsorship from Mama Bear’s, which has local nurseries in Bradley Stoke as well as across Greater Bristol, means the team will receive all new equipment including much-needed pop-up goal posts.
Stuart, an FA Level 2 coach, is also supported by wife Amanda and three additional coaches James Thomas, Jake Lawrence and Adam Timothy. He said:
“The response to the team has been phenomenal so far and now having professional sponsorship will give us even more credence and room to grow.”
“At the first training session we didn’t know whether anyone would even turn up but we were inundated and had 21 children taking part. That number has since grown to almost 40 and we’re still getting interest which goes to show how much a community team like this was needed in the area.”
“Having Mama Bear’s support and sponsorship means we can continue towards growing the team and making it as fun as possible for the children while developing their football and teamwork skills.”
“We will be having the Mama Bear’s logo added to the kit as well as hoodies and jackets for the coaches and we’ll also be investing in some new pop-up goals which will be a great help.”
“I have personal knowledge of Mama Bear’s as my daughter attends the nursery at Bailey’s Court in Bradley Stoke and loves it. We’d like to say a huge thank you to the business for supporting us; it really means a lot.”
Mama Bear’s Day Nursery is a family run childcare organisation which was established in 2002 with the aim of making high-quality, affordable childcare available to families living, working or studying in the South West.
The day nurseries aim to provide children with their first vital level of education to give them a head-start when they start at primary school.
Bev Driffield, owner of Mama Bear’s, said:
“We are delighted to be supporting the Almondsbury Under-8s team. We are passionate about the importance of sport and outdoor pursuits in children’s lives as well as backing community projects. We’re wishing the team the best of luck in their upcoming tournaments and friendlies.”
Source: Press release from Mama Bear’s Day Nursery.
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