A football team in Blackhall will be kicking off 2024 with a new footie strip thanks to a new sponsorship deal. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, has been gifted the new football strip from the Royal British Legion and Securi Serve.

Headteacher Lisa Ashton explained: “One of our parents, Martin Close, who is a member of the Royal British Legion Easington District secured the sponsorship to provide our children with a new football strip. The new kit will make a huge difference to the children of St Joseph’s for many years to come. The children and staff were thrilled and very grateful to our amazing community for the donation of the new kit.

Year 6 pupil Lucy Close, 10, who is a member of the football team, said: “I think it is really nice they were donated to our lovely school. We are really grateful and they look really good.

Graham Mercer and Martin Close from the Easington District of the Royal British Legion, and Matt Williams, from SecuriServe, visited the school to present the children with the new kit.

Everyone at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude for the truly amazing efforts you have gone to, to donate a fabulous football kit to our children,” added Mrs Ashton.

The budding footballers are keen to start playing again dressed in their new kits in the spring term.

Press release issued by SASS media on behalf of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust. For more information, contact Sarah Dale on 07814 976582.