Businessman ploughs profits into Sunderland grass-roots football

Looking the business... businessman Geoff Thompson (left), who has donated cash towards kitting out the youngsters in Fulwell FC football team.

Looking the business... businessman Geoff Thompson (left), who has donated cash towards kitting out the youngsters in Fulwell FC football team.

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A BUSINESSMAN is ploughing his profits into grass-roots football.

Fulwell Juniors FC, who play in the Russell Foster league, sent emails to scores of North-East businesses asking for help with their kit.

Geoff Thompson, who founded energy management company Utilitywise, based in South Shields, came to the rescue.

Not only is he sponsoring next season’s kit, he has funded bibs, training wear, trophies and paid towards the seven-a-side team’s presentation night.

Claire McCabe, whose son Lee Stephenson, eight, is a member of the squad, said Geoff had made a huge difference to the team, which trains at Houghton Kepier under coach Dave Johnson.

“I sent emails to a few different companies, but Geoff has been brilliant,” said Claire. “He said we could have whatever we need.

“He’s made such a difference and he’s going to come along to our presentation night to present the boys with their trophies.”