For the fifth year running, GAP Hire Solutions, the UK’s largest independent hire company, has supported a number of sports clubs through its Youth Team Sponsorship scheme.
A total of seven teams across the country have benefitted from GAP’s sponsorship over the 2021/2022 season.
- Basildon Boys FC – under 10
- Blantyre Celtic 2012’s – under 10
- Cramlington United FC Panthers – under 14
- Crowborough Athletic FC – youth teams
- Farsley Celtic FC – under 16
- Poulton Victoria FC – under 8
- Thatto Heath Crusaders RFC – under 12
Throughout the last season, GAP sponsored each team up to the value of £1,000 and the teams were free to pick what the money was used for, if it helped the club and children in the team directly, allowing them to keep playing. This year, funding from GAP paid for a variety of home and away kits, training kits and tracksuits, raincoats, training equipment such as goals, cones, and balls and even entry fees into tournaments.
The hire company keeps in contact with each team throughout the year and was ecstatic to learn that this sponsorship had served each team incredibly well in many ways including expanding the size of the teams, reaching finals, topping league tables and even winning debut trophies.
As a family owned and run business, this sponsorship scheme is very important to GAP and reflects many aspects of its culture, including integrity, passion and the obvious, teamwork.
Iain Anderson, Joint Managing Director at GAP, commented: “I believe playing in a team teaches children several important skills needed throughout life, and not just for in the work environment. Playing sport and being part of a team helps children be more sociable, confident, learn more about themselves and even creates a sense of accountability.”
“With the rising costs across many aspects of daily life, we are delighted that we can help to reduce the price tag that often comes with sports participation. It is fantastic to hear how well the teams have thrived and even grown throughout the least season – keep up the good work, boys and girls!”