A local bus operator is backing sport in the community and supporting youth talent with the sponsorship of two regional clubs.
Stagecoach North East has demonstrated its commitment to grass roots sports with financial backing for the Gosforth Bohemian Reserves team in Newcastle and Tyne and Wear’s Boldon CA Girls Under 13s Football Club.
With financial support worth £1,000, the bus firm has shown its support for the regional sporting stars, with the company providing funds to help maintain the clubs.
The Gosforth Bohemian Reserves at Benson Park, a 120-year-old amateur football club and Newcastle’s oldest, hosts over 100 games per season, along with being the home of a tennis club and Gosforth Harriers.
A cash injection from Stagecoach’s sponsorship of the home strip and advertising board in the grounds has boosted the club’s funds.
Jimmy Coyle, a bus driver at Stagecoach North East’s Slatyford depot in Newcastle for 30 years, approached the company for sponsorship and was delighted with the funding, saying: “I am really pleased with the offer of support, as my sons, Luke, 18 and Dan, 22 play for the reserves and first team respectively and the strips were quite old and looking a bit tired.”
Merv Bell, Chairman at Gosforth Bohemians, said: “We are extremely grateful for the sponsorship from Stagecoach North East. It’s a huge boost for the club to get the backing of a major local business. It really does help take the pressure of us financially as the money will help buy new strips and other essential equipment.”
Boldon CFA Girls Under 13s also received financial support towards their new team strips, with the sporting youngsters in the Boldon community. The team play in a local league, travelling all over the region, as well as playing in national tournaments up and down the country during the year.
The club was founded in 1992 and currently manages nine teams of around 120 young female players, with 14 girls in under 13s team which started only four years ago.
Andy Pederson, Boldon Girls Treasurer, said: “Boldon Girls under 12's is only able to serve the kids in our community through the generous support of local sponsors like Stagecoach North East. These donations give kids the opportunity to thrive within a positive team environment.
"We are so happy with the support as there are always costs for travelling, team kits and other expenses. The girls are really excited, training hard and looking forward to a great season so many thanks to Stagecoach North East for its contribution."
Steve Walker, Managing Director, Stagecoach North East, said: “We are delighted to offer our support to these community-based ventures and build on the grass roots sports within our local areas. For adults and young people alike, they provide an opportunity for general fitness, teambuilding and fun.”