JUNIOR footballers Rossendale Valley Tigers hope to be roaring to success in their new kit. The young squad of six and seven year olds has just been sponsored by children’s hair salon Noah’s Ark, based on the upper deck at Antony & Patricia in Bank Street, Rawtenstall. They play friendly matches in the Accrington and District League against teams from Rossendale, Hyndburn, Burnley and Blackburn at Blackburn Soccerdome. Since the Tigers U7s team was launched in January, the players have been wearing a hand-me-down kit.
Coach Michael Eddisford said: “We have a squad of nine and we play 5-a-side matches. They are all very happy with their new kit, being the Tigers and being sponsored by Noah’s Ark is very appropriate. It can be difficult to get a sponsor for a kit for such a young team. The Tigers have been playing fantastic football all season. Our former kit has not gone to waste either and has been handed down to another team.”
The squad trains at Marl Pits in the winter months and at St Peter’s Avenue in Haslingden in the summer.
Director of Noah’s Ark Tony Winder said: “When we were asked to sponsor the kit for the Tigers it was a natural fit with the children’s salon being called Noah’s Ark. The ark logo, complete with animals, looks perfect on the bright yellow kit.”
Story by Catherine Smyth Media