Rovers teamed up with Wickes to award local youth team Oswaldtwistle St Mary’s FC with a brand new football strip courtesy of the ‘Kits for Kids’ community initiative.
Manager Tony Mowbray, along with first team stars Sam Gallagher, Danny Graham and Jason Lowe, were joined by the excited Under-13 team and local Wickes store manager Jack Iddon for the presentation at Rovers’ Senior Training Centre.
A total of 72 junior football clubs across England and Wales have been rewarded with new Mitre kits and tickets to watch their local EFL team thanks to the national competition run by Wickes, the Official DIY Partner of the EFL.
The competition invited junior sides to share their stories with Wickes in order to be in with a chance of winning the ultimate kit giveaway.
Having carefully selected the winning projects, Wickes will now be supporting the projects that will best help the development of the footballers of the future.
Ben Wright, EFL Commercial Director, said: “It is very exciting to see how the ‘Kits for Kids’ initiative has captured the imagination of junior teams nationwide and I am confident that local communities will really benefit from this competition.
“It is testament to the working relationships between Wickes and Mitre in their roles as Official Partners of the EFL that this campaign has proved so popular and will now help inspire youngsters to enjoy playing football and become life-long fans of the game.”
Matthew Gaunt, Head of Brand & Communications at Wickes, said: “We are thrilled to be meeting with the Kits for Kids winners throughout the UK. It enables us to see first-hand the value of supporting youth football teams and local communities. We are committed to our involvement within football, so will continue to build and grow our local involvement and support grassroots football.”