New Directions Education was delighted to be able to support Oldham Athletic football club’s Community Trust scheme recently by helping with sponsorship. The Football League Division 1 club who have recently enjoyed a tremendous giant killing FA Cup run, which seen them knock out Premiership side Liverpool and take their Merseyside rivals Everton to a replay. The team hosted a 6-a-side tournament for primary schools across the borough.
The competition which involved more than 30 teams resulted in a closely fought victory for Christ Church CE Primary, Chadderton who beat St Paul’s CE Primary, Royton in an exciting final played at Oldham Athletic’s Chapel Road training base. The two finalists had battled their way through qualifying tournaments held earlier in the year.
Wendy Noble, Oldham Athletic’s Trust Administrator said ‘’I am delighted to work alongside New Directions Education. Both organisations work within primary schools, so the decision to work together seemed a natural and logical progression. I hope this is the start of a long partnership between us at the Trust and New Directions.”
Winners of the competition, Christ Church will now go on to represent Oldham in the regional Npower finals in Walsall in March. The sponsorship enabled trophies and medals to be provided for the winning teams and certificates for all involved.
Amanda Stothard, New Directions Manchester Branch Manager said ‘’As a company we are always keen to support grass roots work that involves the schools we work with. Our head office in Cardiff has had a long tradition of hosting competitions with Cardiff City Football Club and now our Manchester team is following by example. Well done to all the schools and players who took part.’’
New Directions Education with branches across England and Wales provides recruitment, staffing and training services to all sectors of the education service.
Wendy Noble is pictured receiving the sponsorship cheque from Oldham’s Lee Croft and Chris Iwelumo as the team prepared for their match with Everton.