Leighton Buzzard company FAI Autos says it is honoured to sponsor The Buzzards – an “inspirational” football team for disabled players.
The Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade recently launched the team as part of its Yes We Can disability sports initiative which has also offered opportunities in archery, swimming, bowls and tennis to date.
Rotarian Richard Johnson noticed a lack of sports available in the local area for the disabled community.
As a keen sportsman, Richard and colleagues Nick Inwards and Peter Banwell decided to create a football team to include all disabilities.
The Buzzards are a part of the MK Dons Sports Education Trust, so they get great opportunities such as training with MK Dons coaches, attending matches and playing in the ‘Bobi’ league with other MK Dons SET teams.
Richard said: “Rotary are delighted to have secured such a prestigious company as FAI to be our partner in providing football within the Yes We Can disability sports initiative.
“In FAI & MK Dons SET we have two highly professional organisations with vast experience in delivering excellence, which will ensure the best opportunities for those with a disability in our very own Buzzards football programme.”
Grovebury Road-based FAI were invited to attend a MK Dons match to launch the sponsorship. At half-time senior members of FAI headed down to the pitch to present The Buzzards with a cheque amount of £10,500 for a three-year sponsorship. The sponsorship will go towards the team’s new kit and general running of the club.
FAI’s finance director, Peter Guinn said: “It is both an honour and a pleasure to sponsor such a well deserving team. They are an inspiration to us all. The Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade achieve fantastic things within our local community, and by partnering up with MK Dons they are making a real difference to young people and adults that would otherwise never have been possible.”
At the end of the match, FAI attendees headed down to the ballroom of the stadium for a chance to meet the Buzzards and have photos taken.
Junior finance director for FAI, Jennifer Elliott–Rowe said: “It’s such a great day and what a way to celebrate the sponsorship. Meeting the team has been a real highlight for me, they are a credit to all involved in the initiative.”