Phew it was a tough decision for our judges this month as we have been absolutely inundated with entries. In fact we had so many to look through that I had to go and have a lie down half way through! Anyway we believe we have come up with a great set of winners who will all be donning a brand new kit from UK cloud company iomart.
The football category was particularly hard to judge as there were so many worthy stories that dropped into our inbox. The coach of Abingdon Town Under 11 Boys team in Oxfordshire told us how the winter floods had wrecked their pitch – from the videos online they should have a sailing team rather than a football team! – and how they had put all their funds into helping the club itself to survive. We’re delighted to be able to send one of our fantastic adidas kits their way and hope it helps keep them and their club afloat. Glenafton Under 14 Boys are real battlers. They also had their pitch flooded but most importantly they’ve had to deal with the news that one of their young players has cancer. They support their teammate in many ways and wear his number on their warm up kit. Now we hope they can extend that support to wearing his number on a brand new match strip. We wish him all the best and hope he’s able to re-join the team when he gets better. Does anyone have a Welsh pronunciation guide??Our next winners are Troedyrhiw U14 Girls, a tricky name for an old gaffer like me. They are based in Merthyr Tydfil in the valleys of South Wales where it’s a real struggle to raise funds. The girls have to buy their own shirts and despite the financial difficulties they’ve still managed to produce six players to represent Wales. You can uncross those fingers girls, a new kit is on its way!
Host Your Kit is about celebrating success as well as helping those in difficulty. We decided to reward Aztec Stars Under 15 Boys from North Wales with a brand new kit because of their amazing team spirit – the team has been together since they were 5 years old. They don’t have a kit sponsor and are off to represent their club at a tournament in Belgium soon so we are proud as punch to fulfil that role and help them kick off in a great new kit. And Woburn Lionesses Under 15 Girls also win themselves a new adidas kit for their commitment and success this season. They’ve reached their county cup final and are winning matches like I eat hotcakes so a new kit will be a great reward for them.
On to rugby and we have three winners who will all be getting brand new kits from Gilbert. Bowdon Under 12 Boys from Altrincham, Greater Manchester, have been doing lots of volunteer work like cleaning cars and helping people with their shopping to raise money for a new kit. They said that if they won one from us they will give the money they’ve raised to help one of the younger teams so boys, get ready to hand that money over as you’ve won one! Eccles Under 13 Girls is a new team established just a year ago after a huge drive to raise awareness of rugby among girls in the Greater Manchester area. At the moment they are wearing boys’ cast-offs so girls, get ready to wear a top quality properly fitting kit from now on. And Edenbridge Under 15 Girls is a newly established team in Kent. It’s the first girls’ team they’ve ever had at Edenbridge RFC and currently boasts 24 players. You might have to fight over the kit girls but we hope it gives you that added edge on the pitch!
In hockey we have two worthy winners from the north of England. Kendal Under 16 Girls train and play in the Lake District. They have to wear tatty old shirts and all the club’s funding comes from fees and donations. We’ve glad to be able to donate a high quality new kit to help them out. And Pendle Forest Under 13 Girls in East Lancashire asked us to help them because to quote their coach “it would be one less financial headache for their supportive parents who give up their time and hard earned money throughout the season.” Well said coach!
Finally we have chosen two terrific basketball teams to get new Spalding kits. Gracemount Panthers Under 16 Girls team in Edinburgh has to share a strip with their senior ladies team so we’re delighted to present them with one of their very own. And Hollinwood Under 10 Boys have never had their own kit since they came together a few years ago. Well boys, that’s about to change!
Congratulations to all our winners, we hope you like your new kits. For those teams not lucky enough to win a kit this month, we will keep your entries and consider them for next month’s giveaway, so keep those fingers crossed. Keep playing well and enjoying your sport.