Fixtures and fittings! VEKA Group signs up as Rosegrove FC’s official sponsor

New sponsors VEKA Group unveil next season's Rosegrove kit to the chairman, coaches and team.
New sponsors VEKA Group unveil next season's Rosegrove kit to the chairman, coaches and team.

One of Burnley’s biggest employers – VEKA Group – has become the official club sponsor of local football team Rosegrove FC, marking the occasion with a charity match to be held on Sunday 16th July.

The just-for-fun fixture will pit Rosegrove coaches against a team of employees from VEKA Group at the Kiddrow Lane ground, just a stone’s throw from the Rossendale Road Industrial Estate where the Group is based. All proceeds from the match will go towards raising funds at Rosegrove, and VEKA Group’s chosen charity for 2017; Pendleside Hospice.

Dawn Stockell, Marketing Director for VEKA Group said: “Everyone here is thrilled that we are now the official sponsor of Rosegrove FC. The new match and training kits look absolutely fantastic in ‘VEKA blue’ too! As for the charity match, I know lots of people here are raring to get on the pitch and we’re sure the day will raise lots of money for the club itself and Pendleside Hospice.

“The club ethos of ‘Listen, Respect, Fun’ is aligned to VEKA Group’s own brand values and working with the Rosegrove Football Club it is clear that it offers so much more than just football; this is a club that helps children from the ages of 3 to 13 learn about respect, sportsmanship and being part of a team; life skills which far outlast the time they spend on the pitch.”

Rosegrove Football Club officially opened in March 2011, having started out a year earlier as just a small group of infant school children and parents. Six years later, the football club has grown to over 300 members, divided into categories from ‘Soccer Tots’ (3-5 years) up to under 13s, and playing in matches for the Accrington District League, East Lancashire Football Alliance and the North Valley Burnley Youth League. The club is totally not-for-profit with coaching staff consisting solely of volunteers and every penny raised going back into the club.

Dawn added: “We’re proud to be sponsoring Rosegrove, which at its core is a place where people can come together, make new friends and spend some time in the fresh air. With over 300 members, it’s a big part of our community and lots of people in the area – and our company – will have some kind of connection to it.”

Guy Owen, chairman at Rosegrove Football Club said: “Both club and committee are very pleased to be in partnership with a company with great values, like the VEKA Group. Rosegrove is growing continuously with 24 teams entered into leagues for next season, all of which are under 13. As a grassroots club, we do need help financially and this is why this partnership was important to us. The new kits look fantastic, as well as the training kits and coaches’ tops. We are very excited about the future of our club, and the long term relationship we have with VEKA.”