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Christmas has come early for Raglan Junior Football Club

L to R: Sponsor’s of Raglan Junior Football Club. Helen Tilley of Monnow Eye Care, Sue Bayliss of Andrew Bayliss Hairdressers, Gareth Watkins of MWR accountants, Paul Watkins of Blackhouse Travel, Amber Evans of Raglan Country Estates with players of Raglan Junior football Club. Photo credit: Michael Hall

Five local business have hit the back of the net in a  two year kit sponsorship deal with Raglan Junior Football Club.

The Station Road based football club has continued to grow with the launch of a new tots football section, adding to the numbers of boys and girls teams from under 6 to under 15 playing football in Raglan

The under 9s have been supported by local travel business Blackhouse Travel.  Owner Paul Watkins said: “Supporting children to be active and making friends on and off the pitch is a delight and being part of the community is very important to us.”

The under 10s have signed a deal with Monmouth opticians Monnow Eye Care . Helen Tilley said: “We had our sights set on supporting our local communities and are proud to be helping Raglan under 10s take to the pitch in style. Part of our business is about making people look good so it’s a perfect fit.”

The under 12s have secured funding from a new neighbour on Station Road, Raglan Country Estate.  Amber Evans from Raglan Country Estate said: “The children of Raglan are the future of the community and building a solid relationship with the football club is important as Raglan Country Estate grows and develops into a hospitality and tourism location.  Perhaps one day the football players of Raglan may be swapping kit for chef’s whites!”

The under 8s number has come up with local accountants MWR, who agreed a two year sponsorship deal. Gavin Watkins of MWR said: “Supporting children’s football in Raglan is a fantastic opportunity for our firm. It’s great to see our business on the front and numbers on the back of the shirts, perfect for accountants!”

The under 13s girls have snipped the support of local hairdressers Andrew Bayliss. Andrew said:  “Supporting the girls to play football in our local village is a a fantastic opportunity and we cannot wait to watch them cutting through their opponent’s defence.  Keeping children active is a fantastic way to support the community.”

Chairman of Raglan Football Club Owen Batty said “I’m absolutely delighted in what has been a difficult year for many that we have received so much support from a wide section of the business community in Monmouthshire. These businesses contributions mean our children can pull on the shirt on a Sunday morning and be part of a team. That really is priceless. We have also had a long term relationship with Andrew Watkins of Raglan Village Shop who has supported the club over many years. I would like to publicly thank each business for their support in keeping boys and girls playing football in Raglan”.