New sponsors for Bedworth
Written byMORT BIRCH
They are being backed by Dan Byles, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Bedworth and North Warwickshire, and Bedworth Conservatives.
A polar explorer and former soldier, he has negotiated a twelve-month sponsorship deal with Bedworth Tories to help the Greenbacks' starlets.
He said: "We are delighted to be involved with the Bedworth United Youth Team for the coming season. Football is a fantastic way for young people to come together and get fit, to have fun, learn about teamwork and develop confidence and potential."
Once the youngest major in the British Army, he said: "I've seen first hand the difference that sports and adventurous training can make to a young person's life.
"As an officer in the Army I led young soldiers in their teens on expeditions to Wales and Scotland, to the Alps and to the Andes in Peru.
"To see a young lad who has never been abroad before finding his confidence on a mountain ridge, achieving things he never thought he'd be capable of achieving, is a real lesson in the power of sport to change lives."
He went on: "That's why I was keen that we should do our bit to support Bedworth United Football Club. I passionately believe that the youth team is a great way to develop confidence and potential among the young people of Bedworth."
"The soccer club has an extensive junior and youth set up and provides an opportunity for around 180 youngsters under the age of 18 to take part in football training."
Byles has a background of supporting youth development and sporting opportunities. He is a double Guinness World Record holder for expeditions he has undertaken around the world for youth charities and once walked to the North Pole with his mother.
"I am delighted Bedworth Conservatives have agreed to become the main sponsor for the youth team and wish them every success for the success," he said.
Bedworth United chairman Dave Taylor said of the sponsorship backing: "This is fantastic news for the club and I'd like to thank Dan for his support and for coming down to meet and support the young lads on the youth team. The more we can do to raise the awareness of what we are doing, the better for the club."