LEADING car dealership Bristol Street Motors has agreed to support Redditch United Football Academy for a second successive year.
The announcement comes ahead of the club’s open evening to roll out information ahead of next year’s September intake.
Lewis Murrall, sales manager at Bristol Street Motors, said the opportunity to help youngsters combine their sport and studies was a reason for backing the academy.
“We were impressed with the idea of helping some of the guys who maybe didn’t perform too well at school, giving them the chance to work to a qualification which could ultimately be at degree level,” he said.
“It is good that the sports side and the education side play off each other. Despite being a rather big company, we have a base in Redditch and we want to support local initiatives, especially one that keeps guys in education a little longer which in turn will hopefully benefit them in later life.
“This is an ideal opportunity for us to get involved with the local community. Two of the lads who were involved last year have been signed up by the first team and that’s really satisfying, particularly when you consider these are 16 and 17-year-olds who are being given the chance to play men’s football.”
Work has already started on recruiting for next September’s intake and an open evening will take place at the football club on Tuesday, November 7 from 6pm.
During the evening, academy staff will explain about the college and university programmes on offer and there will also be the chance to talk to some of the current students.
Everyone who attends the open event will be given a free ticket for the first team’s League Cup second round game against Stratford Town which starts at 7.45pm at the Trico.
TRICO, a leading supplier and OEM manufacturer of wiper blades, has pledged its support for Redditch United Football Club once again by lending its services to a day of fund-raising and gift-giving.
A fund-raising event is being hosted on Saturday morning at the Trico Stadium, home of the Reds. The event is to generate funds to sustain projects run by Redditch United, as it continues its aim of encouraging young people to stay away from anti-social behaviour and crime.
Between 10am and 12.30pm, members of the public can arrive at the stadium to receive a free car wash from individuals involved with the community project. Staff from Trico will also be on hand to perform a quick wiper blade safety check and, if they deem wipers need replacing, will be done so free of charge.
Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to get the two counties healthier and more active, will also be attending the event along with local police. The constabulary will also be getting their cars washed and community officers will also be on-hand to offer advice and join in the fun.
After the event, people are then encouraged to stay and watch Redditch United’s match against Merthyr Town. Fans attending by car will be able to receive a free wiper blade change on behalf of Trico, as well as being offered expertise and advice about maintenance.