Wroughton-based financial adviser Dave Southby has sponsored the local football club that he played for as a child.
The 30-year-old is now sponsoring the Wroughton Tornadoes U11 football team and his support will cover the cost of the team’s kit for the current North Wiltshire U11 Development Red League season.
Dave played for the club between the ages of 12 and 18 and knows from experience what sponsorship means to youth sports teams.
He explained, “As a club, we didn’t have loads of money, so things like getting a new kit and training jackets came from sponsorship money. Ever since I started my business, I always wanted to give back to the club because I know how much of a difference it can make as it made a huge difference to me.”
Dave was presented with an opportunity to help when a parent of one of the players reached out to him on social media. He continued, “They made it clear that the team needed a main kit sponsor and I jumped at the opportunity.”
Peter Mannion, coach, said, “Having sponsors for local community football teams like Wroughton Youth FC really helps the teams flourish and feel connected to local people.
“Speaking with Dave Southby, I can see the pride that sponsoring our team, the U11 Tornadoes, has brought him.
“We’re extremely grateful for the sponsorship money and we’ve managed to put these funds towards training tops for the team as well as a logo on the home shirts. We can’t thank Dave enough for helping to support us – he even came out to watch us win a match recently!”
Dave – who is currently in the process of potentially supporting another Wroughton Youth team – is also undertaking several activities throughout the year to raise money for Swindon & Gloucestershire MIND charity, as well as donating a percentage of his business profits to the charity.
He added, “I’m taking part in a walking marathon from Stonehenge to Avebury in April and running a charity golf day in June. My business also tries to give back to the local community by running free drop-in sessions at the Ellendune Community Centre, helping people with any finance questions or worries they may have.”
Dave set up his business two years ago. He is a partner with St James’ Place and helps individuals, families and small business owners to manage their wealth effectively. To find out more about him visit: https://partnership.sjp.co.uk/partner/davesouthby
Pictured above: Dave Southby of Dave Southby Financial Planning with the Wroughton Tornadoes U11 football team