A girls’ football team in Perth have got a brand new sponsored kit after winning a nationwide competition organised by Scottish cloud computing company iomart Hosting.
Now, their dream of a new kit has come true after they entered and won Host Your Kit, a competition to win a brand new adidas team kit, run by iomart Hosting.
The Glasgow-headquartered cloud computing company launched Host Your Kit earlier this year to help youth football teams across the UK that were struggling to find sponsorship in the current financial climate.
Teams have to explain by email or video why their team deserves a new kit. Jeanfield Swift Girls made a music video showing how their existing kit was too old and didn’t fit properly and how a new kit would help them play better.
A year ago Jeanfield Swift Girls Under 11s had just eight players. Local women Donna Shaw and Laura Barnett stepped in as coaches and encouraged more girls to get involved.
There is now a squad of almost 20 players and it is one of the most passionate and well supported Under 11s teams in Scotland.
Donna Shaw, coach of Jeanfield Swift Girls, said: “We’ve been desperate to get a new kit to show the girls how proud we are of their commitment and their enthusiasm.
"We were really disappointed when we didn’t hear back from local businesses but now, thanks to iomart Hosting, our girls can walk onto the pitch with their heads held high.
"Winning Host Your Kit has brought all the Jeanfield Swift parents and players together and made us feel really special.”
Scottish FA girls' and women's football development officer for the east region Sam Milne said: "I am delighted the team have received these kits.
"The club provides excellent opportunities for young girls to play the game and the kits are a fitting reward for all the hard work which is being done by the coaches there."