Perth-based housebuilders Stephen have provided a boost to Scone Thistle Community Club 2009's (Reds & Blacks).
Part of the Perth & Kinross Youth Football Association - SYFA East Region – the two teams play on the Scone Park 7-a-side pitch, training on a Wednesday and playing matches on a Sunday. Their season, which started last month, will run until November. There are currently 15 teams in this age group, giving them a 28 game season.
The team, comprising of players all born in or before 2009, has one of the largest non-competitive, friendly squads in the region, with the majority having played with the team since joining in primary one.
To lend a helping hand, Stephen decided to help support the players by sponsoring their new kit.
Tom Buchanan, Marketing Manager explained, "As a local, family firm which has played and will continue to play a prominent role in the Scone community, we have a strong allegiance to Scone and to the many families who live in the village. Football teams like this have a significant role to play in the local community and we are delighted to be helping them with the challenges they face, and to contribute to their positive image as they proceed through the season."
Kerr Smith, Operations Manager, Live Active Leisure said, "Sponsorship is so hard to come by in this economic climate and, with a squad of 21 boys, the cost to kit them out is significant. We do our best to fundraise but a lot of our money goes on winter training facilities, equipment and so on. Parents also have to burden the cost of travelling to matches from as far away as Blairgowrie to Aberfeldy so providing the boys with kit helps keep the cost down for all. Our boys had stretched over the close season and had outgrown their strips so we desperately needed new kit in time for the new season starting. A & J Stephen were quick to offer support and we are extremely grateful to them."