A SWINDON mortgage expert gave soccer jerseys to a club he played for as a child.
Chris Blackwell of TED Mortgages gave blue and white uniforms to the young players on the U-8 Wolves team at Wroughton Youth Football Club.
The 28-year-old grew up in the village, went to school there and became a member of the association from the age of five.
Today he is co-director of a successful mortgage bank based near Coate, which he runs with founder Tom Brennan.
Chris said: “Football was very important to me as a kid, so it was very natural to get in touch with a club and support a club that helps young people the way it has helped me.
“I played with the club until I was a teenager when I switched to rugby.”
The club’s support wasn’t just about enjoying football and fitness.
The team helped him when his father David suddenly died when Chris was just eight years old.
He added, “Losing my father at a young age was devastating to me, my brother John, and my mother Diane.
“Playing for the club with all my close friends and focusing on football helped me back then.”
Wroughton Youth Football Club has a long and celebrated history that goes back more than a century.
Today the club has 18 teams that compete in local leagues from the U7 to the U17.
Will Lambourne is the coach of the U-8 Wolves team. He thanked Chris and the team for the kind donation of equipment.
Will said, “It is wonderful to have the support of a local company to take care of you, and I cannot thank you enough.
“It is a great help to us and helps to reduce the financial burden on parents who send their children to the club.”
Chris added, “It means a lot to me to be able to give back to an organization that has given me so much.”
TED Mortgages is a specialized, independent, royalty free, certified mortgage broker that aims to partner with its clients through an ants approach that is tailored to each person’s circumstances.
To find out more, visit www.tedmortgages.co.uk.