Football team saved by angel sponsor

Mark Green, Luke Olabode and Ben McClusky show off their new team sponsorship while Ian Collin, managing director of ITC is thanked by Asbrooke team manager Leighton Cooney.
Mark Green, Luke Olabode and Ben McClusky show off their new team sponsorship while Ian Collin, managing director of ITC is thanked by Asbrooke team manager Leighton Cooney.
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AN amateur football team has been rescued from the brink of collapse after a business stepped in with sponsorship.

Leighton Cooney, who runs Ashbrooke Football Club, says the team was on its last legs just two weeks ago and was in danger to miss out on the season.

But the team was given a last-minute reprieve after Seaham-based ITC Plumbing and Heating stepped in to help.

“A family member works for them so that’s how we got in touch,” Leighton said. “They didn’t want to see us fold.”

The firm agreed to pay the £460 pitch fees and made a contribution towards new tracksuits for the players of the Sunday League side.

Meanwhile the Ashbrooke Pub has also helped by buying new balls, nets, flags and medical equipment, as well as agreeing to put on food every week.