Leading company backing Ashington Woodhorn Ladies team

Pictured are, front, from left, secretary Mick Straker, Alf Marchetti Ashington Ladies captain Laura Jobson and Dionne Clark, and, back, Jade Gibbs, Emma Ginger, plant manager Jeff Hope and Kimberly Young. Picture by Ian Appleby
Pictured are, front, from left, secretary Mick Straker, Alf Marchetti Ashington Ladies captain Laura Jobson and Dionne Clark, and, back, Jade Gibbs, Emma Ginger, plant manager Jeff Hope and Kimberly Young. Picture by Ian Appleby
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Ashington Woodhorn Lane Ladies have secured a sponsorship deal with local company AkzoNobel, a leading paints and coating company and a major producer of speciality chemicals.

The company has sponsored the club’s new training tracksuits for the players and rain jackets for the committee members and backroom staff, proudly displaying the AkzoNobel logo.

Committee member Alf Marchetti said: “We are extremely grateful to AkzoNobel for the sponsoring of our new Puma tracksuits and rain jackets.

“Not just for the financial side of the sponsorship but for the enthusiasm and support they have offered us, to have a company of AkzoNobels’ stature alongside us is great for the club, who share in our goals for the future.

“We have a great foundation to build on here at Ashington, the club continues to go from strength to strength, both on and off the field.”

The club was founded last year by a small group of people that wanted to return ladies football to Ashington, with plans within the next couple of years to start a junior team.

Ashington have played six and won six so far this season and are currently in second place in the NCWFL, three points off the top spot but with two games in hand of league leaders Newcastle East End.

Promotion is what the club is aiming for after narrowly missing out last season.

Dionne Clark, community development manager for AkzoNobel, said: “The team at AkzoNobel Ashington are very proud and passionate about the opportunities to support and facilitate community initiatives.

“When we were approached by the recently established Ashington Woodhorn Lane Ladies Football Club it was clear that this was a group of people who showed a real determination to succeed and were clearly enthusiastic about the future of ladies football in the area.

“Health and fitness is extremely important to AkzoNobel and it is great to see team sports such as ladies’ football clubs becoming more accessible and hopefully inspire more young girls to take up the sport.”

Jeff Hope, plant manager of AkzoNobel, at Ashwood Business Park in Ashington, is hopeful and optimistic of the proposed junior set up and is looking forward for the sponsorship to include a junior girls’ team in the none to distant future.