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For the fourth year, Windsor Housing is delighted to sponsor Old Windsor Tigers Football Club, this season supporting the under 11s team of enthusiastic youngsters. As they return to training from the summer, this provision of funds and level of encouragement has a positive impact for the team, with sponsorship going towards a new team kit, sporting the Windsor Housing logo, and other equipment such as training bibs, footballs and first aid kits.
Windsor Housing’s Community Development Officer, Rachel Bennett said, “We’re really proud of the strong community spirit amongst our residents and believe social activities such as the youth football team truly encourage togetherness. This is a great age to be playing football and we’re thrilled we’re able to support the club by providing sponsorship for their new sports gear.”
The start of the football season is an exciting time for the boys, launching back into training, developing new skills, hanging out with friends and playing weekly games alongside other local teams. The under 11s squad play against around 12 teams in the Slough Soccer Combination League and are realising new energizing experiences as for the first time they’re taking part in 11-a-side football, unlike previous years of 7-a-side.
Adam Sams, head coach said, “This is a great moment for the lads, being back at the club with real determination and motivation. Being able to provide the team with a fresh kit and new equipment thanks to Windsor Housing really spurs the boys on and reignites their excitement for the game.”
Adam recently joined the team as head coach, bringing a mass of energy and experience having completed his FA Coaching badge in August 2007 at Wye Valley School Bourne End. Feeling especially loyal to the club, as an ex-Old Windsor Tigers youth player from the age of 11 to 17 years, Adam teamed up with Nadeem Valecha about 18 months ago. He contacted Chairman Chris Prout about helping out at the club to gain experience, and ran the B-side team until becoming fully involved with the under 11s.
With great support and encouragement from the Board, Adam works with some of the parents to run the team effectively, organising matches, leading coaching sessions and the general running of the youth side. “The dads are great, so involved giving up their time and getting stuck in to ensure the team runs smoothly.” Adam said.