Chippenham’s teenage footballers are feeling the warm glow of pride after securing a sponsorship deal with local company John Williams Heating Services.
The firm has covered the cost of a new kit for the U14s Cobras, who play in the Mid Wilts league, and the Vipers, who are in the North Wilts league. Almost 30 young players are involved and they train on Thursday evenings at Stanley Park.
Head coach Rob Humphreys said; “The boys were so excited the night we gave the new kit out to them because it makes them feel more professional, more inspired and more like a team.
“It is great that a local business has felt able to invest in a local team. It gives us all a lift, including the parents who are really supportive.”
John Williams, who runs the company on the Bumpers Farm Industrial Estate with his wife Debbie, said they were delighted to help.
“Chippenham has given us a good, solid business so it is really important to put something back into the community,” he said.
It is not the first time the company, set up by John and Debbie 11 years ago, has stepped in to help good causes. John Williams Heating Services has sponsored the Chippenham Half Marathon and the Wiltshire Emergency Services Show, and raised money for The Stroke Association and Dorothy House Hospice Care.
On the sporting front, it regularly sponsors activities at Chippenham Rugby Club, recently providing the kit for the U13s team and individually supporting up and coming player Dan Keat.
The Williams’ connection to the Chippenham U14s began with one of their heating engineers, Wayne Doman, who is a coach for the team, which includes his 13-year-old son Brandon.
Father-of-two Mr Doman, who lives in Pewsham with his wife Olivia, said: “The kit means everything to the boys. It looks nice, feels nice and does them good. We are so very grateful.”
For further details about John Williams Heating Services go to: www.jwheating.co.uk