A TEAM has charity at its heart as its squad takes to the pitch in the name of a good cause.
Just like the Spanish giants Barcelona, Fulwell AC Under-17s have chosen to support a charity on their team kit.
While Lionel Messi and his teammates have long supported the work of Unicef, the Sunderland teenagers are supporting children’s charity the NSPCC.
Manager Sean Thompson, a founder and director of Ashford Orthodontics, said: “We’re lucky enough to get support from local businesses to sponsor our kit, but wanted to do something a bit different this year.
“We wanted to retain the sponsorship deals, but at the same time support the NSPCC and highlight the important work they do in and around Sunderland.”
The team’s kit, including home and away strips, training kits and substitutes’ coats, are emblazoned with the NSPCC logo as well as the name of sponsors.
“We’ve managed to get the kit paid for and made a sizeable donation to the NSPCC,” said Sean.
Just like Barcelona, the team is also top of the league – and yet to lose this season.
Allison Thompson, chairwoman of Sunderland’s NSPCC business board and director of Ashmore Consulting, one of the firms to sponsor the team, said: “Almost one in 10 children in the UK is neglected and Sunderland is no different.
“The work the charity does in the city makes a real difference, and it’s important that its profile is as high as possible – this imaginative sponsorship will help us do this.”