Henley Lionesses roared with excitement when received their new football kits on Monday evening thanks to local sponsors at Henley Town FC.
After the U11 team played a friendly in June in a mix-match of kit, Coach Nick Hunt posted a picture of them on social media asking if any local companies would sponsor their kit. Nick said, “The response was amazing and three companies came forward, ManningUK, Henley Manor Care Home and Evolutio and it over-spilled into the old age groups as well. It so great that these Henley companies have backed the girls in the community. We’re so thankful for the generosity of the sponsors for all the kit.”
On Monday, the girls were so excited to receive their Adidas home and away kits and training kits. U11 Billie said, “It’s so amazing to have this and really cool.” U13 Jasmin added, “The kit is so much better than our old kit and I love the new blue colour for the away kit. It’s much nicer than our old orange kit.”
Ann Manning from ManningUK said, “When I saw the social media post, I got in touch with Nick straight away as I love to support the local community. I’m really chuffed to see the girls’ excitement and they look really great. Looking forward to coming to watch them play. I hope to see them playing in the World Cup in a few years!”
James Morl from Henley Manor Care Home added, “I think it’s fantastic for the girls to play football at a high level. They have got a fantastic coach and money at grass-roots is very hard to find so Henley Manor Care Home are very happy to help out.” Henley Manor Care Home have also helped with lending their barbecue for a fundraising event. Nick plans to invite some of the residents to come down and watch some games this season and they have talked about the girls visiting the home when they don’t have matches and to do some joint events like bingo and sitting sports.
Nick added, “They had a long time to wait. It took 6/7 weeks for the kit to arrive. I got so many heart-warming messages from the parents and players after Monday. When the girls played with no kit you could see the girls look at the other team in their kit in awe of them. They are all so excited and in their mind now they are proper football team. I’m looking forward to them wearing the kit in the first game this weekend.”