What a summer of sport we’ve had! Straight from the World Cup, onto the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and now the start of the footy season – The Gaffer has truly been in seventh heaven as well as needing about three remote controls to keep up with all the action on the telly. Fortunately I did manage to rouse myself from the sofa and gather our judges to choose the August winners for Host Your Kit.
This month we have 5 fabulous football teams who will all be wearing a brand new adidas kit in the near future.
The company behind Host Your Kit, cloud company iomart, is headquartered in Glasgow and I’m delighted to say our first winner is from the city. According to the parent who sent in their entry, Broomhill Boys U12s are “one of the hardest working teams I’ve seen. They win graciously and lose humbly.” That’s pretty high praise boys! We hope you got swept up in the amazing atmosphere of the Games and wish you all the best for the new season. ‘Gie it laldy’ and wear your new kit with pride.
From Scotland to the north of England and well done to St Joseph’s FC Under 11s in Accrington who have their manager Matthew to thank. He sent through three photos showing how old and worn their playing kit was – to be honest it looked more like the kit that the original Accrington Stanley players would have worn back in 1891!! Thanks to Matthew they’re going to be one of the best-dressed teams from now on.
A proud mum sent in what proved to be a winning entry on behalf of Chesterfield Ladies Under 11s. The girls play in the Sheffield and Hallamshire League and after a difficult start they kept their heads up and had a storming finish to their season, winning their last seven matches to finish in fourth place. Well done girls, a lovely new kit is coming your way.
Congrats also to Feniscowles and Pleasington Girls Football Club from Burnley, or the Fenny Reccers as they’re better known. The club only got going last summer and now has over 40 girls playing football every week. Their coach Dave says they’ve had a fantastic first season and he pointed to “all the hard work and positive attitudes from players, parents and coaches” that has helped encourage so many young girls join the club. The Under13s have passed their kit down to the Under 12s and as a result need a new one, so Host Your Kit is delighted to award them a brand new adidas kit to reward their kindness and the commitment of everyone involved with the club.
Over to Wales for our final footy winners this month – Westend Boys U12s from Swansea. They have applied almost every month this year and have never once complained when another team’s entry has won the judges’ vote in front of theirs. Well this time round Westend you scored!
Our basketball winners for August are Chadderton Tigers Boys Under 10s. They are a newly formed junior basketball team who train and play at the Sport For All Centre in Failsworth near Oldham in Greater Manchester where they’ve gained some extra insight to the game with coaching sessions by none other than the Manchester Giants’ Paul Cantwell. We reckon they’re going to be a fantastic team and we can’t wait to see them fully kitted out in a new Spalding strip and slam dunking their way to victory.
And last but by no means least we have Troon Ladies Hockey Club U16s. Their coach explained how they have spent the last three years helping to encourage the game in the local community as part of the Scottish Hockey Union’s development programme. Fantastic work girls – a brand new Grays kit is your reward.
To all our winners this month we’d like to dedicate the phrase that came to define the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – you’re ‘Pure Dead Brilliant!’