New strips are just the tonic for a dedicated team of footballers

Posted on 07 Jul 2010

A dedicated team of local young footballers have just been kitted out in new football strips and it’s all thanks to Jennings Ford.

The sponsorship couldn’t have come at a better time for the 10-year-olds from Stockton West End Football Club, who are currently training hard in preparation for the new season due to start in September.

Competing in the Teesside Junior Football League, the youngsters who mainly live in the areas of Hartburn, Fairfield, Roseworth, Thornaby and Norton, will be taking a step up from playing 7-a-side football to 11-a-side next season, which means a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment.

The team, who have played together for the past three and a half years and competed in the league for two years, are feeling confident that the new strips from Jennings Ford will be just the tonic, not only for a few home wins next season, but also to help towards them being able to compete against top teams in the league.

Philippa Thomas, football coach, said; “We are absolutely delighted with the sponsorship and the new strips which look fantastic. In the past, they have had to play in strips which have been passed down from older age groups and for two years have played in the same strips which were outgrowing some of the kids.”

Philippa added: “Next season, the team will also be playing 11-a-side which means they are learning more about the game, in addition to understanding the offside rule. There’s a lot of work to put in, but since receiving the strips, they have been more focussed than ever. Our ultimate aim is to compete against the top teams in the league and the way they are all playing in the friendly games at the moment, it’s looking like a strong possibility.”

Jennings Ford sales manager, Paul Beadling, said; “We are a company committed to supporting the local community and would like to wish the team every success in the future.”

Stockton West End Football Club was founded in 1944 by cricket-playing youngsters who met at Ropner Park in Stockton, to play impromptu games on a wicket that was described as a bit rough and really unsuitable for cricket, but ideal for football. Teams were not restricted to 11-a-side and sometimes grew to 30-40 per side.

In the late summer of 1943, two separate teams were formed by this group of soccer crazy youngsters and entered into local leagues. Stockton Park Rangers enrolled into the Stockton and District Junior League (16-18 year-olds) and Hartburn Minors joined the Stockton and District Minor League (14-16-year-olds)

In the summer of 1944 the two teams amalgamated and following a meeting in the Presbyterian Church Hall off Yarm Road, Stockton West End Football Club was formed.

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