PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYERS AND LOCAL SPORTS CENTRES SPONSOR YOUTH KITS
May 22 2012.
A new application phase is now open and the Premier League is urging local clubs to follow in the footsteps of DaSH JFC and apply for free kit for the new football season at www.premierleague.com
The idea for the Players' Kit Scheme originated at a meeting last summer between the Premier League, delegates from the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) and captains from all Premier League clubs. Following the meeting, the players committed to adopt the scheme to deliver these valuable resources to help provide footballing opportunities across the country.
One of the players at that meeting was Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who has seen for himself the benefits of the initiative.
Carragher said: "Through the Premier League Players' Kit scheme I donated a set of strips to my old primary school. I think it's fantastic that all the players in the League are coming together for this. We all know that grassroots football is important because that's where we started our journey. Who knows, maybe this initiative might develop a few stars of the future."
Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, added: "Congratulations to DaSH JFC, they are deserving recipients of the Premier League Players' Kit Scheme. The Scheme is already helping where it counts and since launching at the beginning of the 2011/12 season we have given away over 1,000 sets of kits to teams in England and Wales.
"The PFA and the Premier League players are to be congratulated for developing this important scheme as a League-wide initiative. Our players are the guys who put on the show all the way through the season but they are also very aware of the role their clubs play at the heart of their communities to positively change lives for the better."
PFA Chief Executive, Gordon Taylor, added: "Our members do much more than entertain fans on the pitch and I'm proud of the fact that players donate so much to charitable causes. This is a new initiative for our players to be involved in but it is one I hope will encourage more tens of thousands of young people to participate and enjoy football."
Denton and South Heighton JFC Secretary, Paula Woolven, praised both WAVE Leisure and the Premier League Player Kit Scheme: "In these tough economic times, it can be very hard for voluntary sporting clubs to find sponsors - and with two teams at our U13s age group its doubly difficult. To be able to provide kits for our whole U13 squad for the 2012/13 season is a wonderful achievement and I wish all the boys great results for the next sporting year."
Photographed above:Some of the U13s coaches and players at last weeks Spring and Summer Festival of Football wearing the new Premier League Player Kit Scheme shirts.