GUERNSEY Disability Football Club players will have new kit when they defend their title in the Coca Cola Championships later this year, thanks to a donation from Investec Specialist Bank.
The Investec Charitable Trust has given the club £750 to go towards the £8,000 cost of taking the 17-strong squad to the championships in Northern Ireland in June.
Rose Corbet, who coaches alongside Marc Le Page, thanked Investec for its invaluable support.
‘It’s very important, without the kind donation from Investec we would struggle to raise the money to buy new kits and take the players away. A lot of them don’t go on holiday and wouldn’t get off the island if it weren’t for us taking them away,’ she said.
‘It’s really good for them and it’s not just the football, we go to places of interest, theme parks and they get to go shopping too. It’s so good for them to get away and meet new people.’
Paula Robinson from Investec’s Charitable Trust said the GDFC deserved all the financial help it could get.
‘The benefit of trips like this to the players from the Guernsey Disability Football Club is enormous. When the trust received a request for help we were more than happy to provide some funding for new kits. We wish the players the very best of luck and hope they can do the double in Belfast this summer,’ she said.
Last year GDFC’s A team won the Coca-Cola Community Cup in disability band 2, where their superior fitness led them to a 5-0 win in the final against Down SO. The competition attracted 51 teams from the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands.
This year’s tournament takes place from 18 to 23 June.