Severnside aids Festival Fun Day for 75 Junior Football Teams
Published by Kerry Stanley for Severnside Housing in Communities and also in Health, Housing
Severnside Housing aids festival fun day for 75 junior football teams
Over a glorious weekend in May, 75 junior football teams gathered at Shrewsbury Sports Village for a football festival extravaganza. Fans, parents, players and supporters all reported a fabulous weekend with smiles all round and promises of a repeat performance next year.
Severnside became involved with the project after community development officer Edge Abboh advised Harry Powis from Shrewsbury Football Junior Club to complete a Community Chest application form.
After a successful application, Severnside became a major sponsor of the event ensuring there were trophies, programmes, venue and enough referees to ensure a successful and fun event for all the teams taking part.
Through its partnership with Shrewsbury Town Community Trust, Severnside was also instrumental in securing Cullum Burton, Shrewsbury Town’s 17 year old goal keeper, who recently played against Germany with the England U18s, to present the trophies.
The nearly 800 boys and girls, aged between 5 and 15 years, were given superstar treatment by Shrewsbury Town Cheerleaders who were on hand to perform and entertain throughout the day.
Harry Powis, the festival organiser, said “After 12 months of hectic, frantic and stressful planning this year's Shrewsbury Juniors' festival, it was great to welcome and see all 75 teams from around the country enjoying themselves in the sizzling and scorching sunshine we had.
The smiles on their faces made me realise that all the hard work and time that had been put into the planning by Shrewsbury Juniors and Severnside Housing had been well worth the effort.”
Eddie Gough, Chairman of the Shrewsbury Juniors FC, said “On behalf of Shrewsbury Juniors FC, I'd like to thank the fantastic sponsorship that Severnside Housing has given us. The club commits to a safe and friendly environment, offering well managed coaching sessions for up to 300 boys and girls in our community. Money raised through sponsorship and fund raising goes back into the club, buying new kit, putting coaches through new courses, and supporting new teams. The club management and committee work tirelessly throughout the year, and when community sponsorship supports us through major companies like Severnside Housing, we are totally honoured and appreciative that they believe in us and thank them on behalf of all the children and families in our community.”
Other positive feedback came from parents, who said:
“We have had a great time. It was a fantastic, fun-filled day made possible by the efforts, dedication and commitment of the Shrewsbury Juniors' committee, who I would like to thank for giving up their time to make this event possible."
“I went to watch Little Mix last night, and wasn't looking forward to getting up early to spend the day on a field watching kids running around. How wrong was I?! I cannot thank Shrewsbury Juniors enough for putting on such a well organised, fun-filled football festival. My son and the team had a fantastic day, and to be perfectly honest, I enjoyed today more than last night! Thank you Shrewsbury Juniors, see you next year, that's a promise!”