A CHILDREN’S football team kicked off a partnership with their new sponsors with a “friendly” match.
Seaton Carew Under-8s side was given a £500 boost from Stockton-based firm Serco.
The cash donation has paid for the team’s match day strips and their training kits.
To celebrate the partnership a team of Serco employees took on the young players’ dads in a game at their Hornby Park ground in Seaton Carew.
Serco ran out 1-0 winners and everyone had a great day.
The winning goal was scored by dad Kevin Moat, who had loaned his services to the sponsors’ side for the day.
The children did not miss out on the fun by testing their shooting skills in a penalty competition.
Seaton Under-8s manager Sarah Moat, whose six-year-old son Jack plays for the team, said: “The game was organised to raise the profile of Serco’s sponsorship and give it some meaning to the boys. It was lovely despite the horrible rain!
“After the game we all went in the club house to celebrate and to present awards from the day.”
Players Imran Rafiq and Gary McMorris were named man-of-the-match from each adult team. Youngster Matthew Baggs was named as the child who scored the best penalty, (pictured right).
In August, Seaton Under-8s will take part in a Feel Great for Sport event at Hartlepool Catholic Club in Marlowe Road. The event on August 7 is being organised by town physio Paul Gough and former Middlesbrough player Craig Hignett.