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Devon Norse were presented with the runners up award in a tightly contested group, ‘Business Contribution to Sport’ at the Exeter Sports Awards 2013, held in Exeter on Tuesday 26th February 2013.
In front of a packed audience made up of local businesses, schools and councils, the company was commended by the sponsors for their contributions made in the past year.
Hosted by the local paper, Express & Echo, the event attracted a wide range of international, national and local sports men and woman.
Ray Beale Managing Director expressed his delight that the company’s commitment to championing local communities had been recognised in this way.
“Devon Norse is very pleased to champion local communities and is teaming up with sports club by providing vital funding and equipment,” Mr Beale said. “As a key player in communities across the South-West, Devon Norse is keen to help local sports groups, particularly those involving youngsters and members of its own staff.”
Such support has already helped to save one youth soccer club from closure, and has made a real difference to the morale and sporting ambitions of dozens of young people.
In the past year, the company has issued grants to youth teams at three clubs: Willand Rovers FC, Crediton Rugby Club and Dawlish United FC.
Mike Brock, a parent trainer for Dawlish Mixed Junior Football Team, says: “Devon Norse’s funding paid for a full set of kit for all players, including shirts, shorts, socks, number bibs and water bottles. Without this investment, we couldn’t possibly have continued and that would have left young people with nothing to do at the weekends.”
Colin Foan, of Crediton RFC, says: “We were delighted that Devon Norse has provided each of the Under-16s with a professional-looking tracksuit. This has allowed us to compete on equal terms with more financially secure clubs and has given everyone a feeling of worth and self-esteem.”
Ross Swinton, club support officer for Willand Rovers, says: “To see the faces of our youngsters when they received their kit, sponsored by Devon Norse, was fantastic. It overcomes the problems associated with who cannot afford to pay, and its raised morale of the whole team.”