The Shirehampton Colts Under 15 football team have stepped out in new kit thanks to their recent sponsorship from local technology provider, Chorus.
The community football club has over 270 players between 6 and 18 years, providing children across all ages the ability to enjoy football thanks to the dedication of the clubs’ volunteer coaches and committee members. While the club is supported by parent funding, volunteering and fundraising, the cost of training equipment and football kit can easily run into the thousands.
One of the clubs’ coaches, Simon Wright, who has coached the Under 15 team since they were six years old, recently reached out online to seek sponsorship. The U15’s were in their third year of their kit, and with a recent signing of one of their team members to Bristol City, Simon wanted to give the team the kit they deserved.
Charlie Wheeler, Resourcing Officer at Chorus luckily found the post online. “As soon as I saw Simon’s message I knew that we could help. What Simon and the club do for the community is fantastic.”
Simon Wright U15s Coach said “It’s great to have a company like Chorus support grassroots football. The cost of running a club like ours can run into thousands each season with very little funding available. More local businesses like Chorus are needed to support clubs and teams so I am delighted by the example Chorus have set to others.”
“After a difficult few weeks losing two of our best players to professional clubs, the kit, tracksuit and jackets have given the boys a real lift. They were absolutely over the moon and looking really professional at games.”
Anthony Sherry, Commercial Director at Chorus, said “Supporting local Bristol communities has always been important to us at Chorus and we’re delighted to be able to support the Shirehampton Colts JFC.”
One of the players’ parents, Matthew O’Regan explains “My son wears his new match kit, complete with Chorus's name, with pride and he is very appreciative of their very kind support for his team. The squad has been very successful in previous seasons and I am hopeful that, in their smart and professional-looking new kit, they will have another successful season.”
Since the new kit has arrived, the team has enjoyed a string of successes and most recently making it through to the Avon Youth League Cup semi-finals.
About Shirehampton JFC
Shirehampton Colts Junior Football Club were formed in 1978 in North West Bristol, providing football for under 7’s through to under 16’s. Based at Sea Mills Park & The Lawns Henbury Shire Colts provide football to over 270 boys & girls across the age groups from the local area. The club holds its FA chartered status, has FA qualified coaches and is run completely by volunteers.
Founded in 1999 and based in Bristol, Chorus provide a wide range of IT and digital services. With over 75 staff, Chorus’ services include IT support, cyber security, cloud computing and the development and support of business software, such as CRM systems, websites and portals.