Written by Amy
LOAF is proud to sponsor Bawtry Juniors FC – and we mean really proud. This is the first full season for the Mini Kickers team, and we’re fully involved. LOAF's very own Gavin Scott is one of the coaches, while son Sam is on the team. And the us girls, can often be found on the touchline on a Saturday or Sunday morning, rain or shine.
We chose to support the team via sponsorship for lots of reasons. Initially, when we moved to Bawtry last year, we sought a football team for Sam to join. We knew that it would help Sam to find new friends, to have fun and to get better at something he loves. We also knew that it would help us all get to know people in the local community – and so has it proved!
It’s amazing to see the growing sense of teamwork in the boys. As mini as they are, they are developing skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. And their parents (including us) are also building a sense of sharing in something valuable. It’s great, obviously, to cheer when these boys are doing well, but just as important to help them to learn the lessons of resilience and determination – and of having a go.
All these things add together to make Bawtry JFC a great experience for all concerned. This is always brought home when all the teams at the club get together at the end of the season, at the presentation day at Bawtry Sports Memorial Ground. It’s only then you realise how much this whole set-up means to individuals and to the whole community.
So we wish the Mini Kickers loads of luck as the season progresses. In the words of their coach, Chris Ridgeway, “Who knows how we’ll do by the end of the season, but we’ll have had a lot of fun along the way.”
Come on you Kickers!
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