FPS are proud to announce their sponsorship of Eckington Boys FC and to provide kit to the U7’s team where the son of David Black, one of our supervisors in Sheffield, plays.
Following the fantastic response from our Football Lottery this year, it’s clear that local football clubs are close to many hearts, so we’re happy to offer our support to Eckington BFC as they continue to grow.
Eckington Boys FC was founded back in 1983, when members of the Halfway and Eckington Club realised that their Under 11’s team was mostly boys from Eckington and decided that Eckington should form their own local team. From this small start, Eckington Boys FC has gone from strength to strength and now have boys teams participating in 12 different age groups. In 2006 the club name was amended to Eckington BFC to reflect the addition of the girls, or Belles, teams and they now have an Under 10’s Girls team playing in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Girls County Football League.
They have also recently introduced their first Under 21’s team, which they’re hoping will inspire younger members to extend their association with the club. This coupled with their new FPS sponsored kit enables the boys to participate in the league with a new degree of professionalism and provide a boost in team morale.
EBFC remain on top of their game in more than just their playing; they were the first club in the country to have a Child Protection and Welfare policy, which was followed by the rest of the league. In addition, they are a Charter Standard Development Club striving towards achieving Charter Standard Community status.
The U7 boys have had a mixed start to the season, but we’re told that the team is going from strength to strength and improving every week. FPS’s own David Black’s son Ollie is doing very well for the team and plays for both the Sheffield United Academy U7’s development squad and Rotherham United’s U7’s elite team. Great job Ollie!
Ben Styring, the UBFC U7’s manager, extended a ‘heartfelt thank you’ for our support, remarking that the investment will have a ‘massive impact on the boys’ development’. We can only hope they play as well as they look!
Good luck in the new season, boys!