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South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) has given Wheaton Aston Wanderers FC a kick start to the season by donating £500 to pay for the team’s brand new kit.

The club was founded just four seasons ago, but is already making its mark in the Stafford and District football league. After being promoted last year into division three, the team has high hopes for the new season. The team, made up of 18 local amateur footballers, will wear the SSHA logo on their shirts as thanks for the leading housing association’s support.

Team manager, Alun Watts, comments: “Football is a great sport that is not only a fantastic way to get fit, but also brings the local community together. The lads get a feeling of togetherness and families and friends can come out to watch the game and support their local team. We have now moved our home ground to the Sports and Social Club in Wheaton Aston to open up the social club for away teams and supporters and help increase the revenue at the club and local economy of this lovely village. This will also assist to revitalise the football pitch, which has remained unused for the last two years.

“The guys on the team have worked really hard and it’s fantastic that local organisations such as SSHA are supportive of our success and identify what we are doing for local people. We’re really grateful for their kind donation and think the new kit looks great, the best we’ve ever had.

Debbie Griffiths, Chief Executive adds: “SSHA is pleased to support the team with sponsorship of their new kit and are really impressed with how far they’ve come in just four years. We are extremely keen to promote community initiatives like this and are proud to have our logo on their shirts. We wish the team the best of luck for the upcoming 2010/2011 season.”

The Wheaton Aston Wanderers football team are currently training at the Sports and Social Club, Lapley Road, Wheaton Aston on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings until the season commences in early September.

For further information about SSHA visit www.ssha.co.uk or call 01785 312000.

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