Jason Bailey of National Express West Midlands is celebrating after recently securing funding of £300 from the National Express Employee Charity Panel to help his local under 13’s football team, Gunners FC.
And there’s a distinct buzz this week amongst both players and parents as a result of the public transport operator’s generosity.
Gunners FC, who are based at the Gunners Club in Bloxwich, play in the Walsall Junior Youth League and train every Saturday morning with matches on a Sunday morning.
The club was established in 2005 but they recently started a new adventure on their own as the club they were formerly associated with has disbanded.
Jason, who is a bus driver at the National Express Walsall garage and is often to be seen at the wheel on local routes, got involved as his son played for the team and they were struggling for volunteers.
Sponsorship from a local business helped with a new match kit and Jason applied to the National Express Employee Charity Panel to see if they could provide any help towards the cost of waterproof coats for the team during inclement weather.
“This help from National Express means that Gunners FC Under 13’s can arrive at matches in the same matching coats and give them a sense of pride.
“They have worked really hard to get where they are now and the more professional they appear to everybody in the community, the better it promotes us in a good way so that we can continue to grow and develop within our local area.”
The National Express Employee Charity Panel helps support employees in their charitable work. The panel is made up of employees from around the National Express business who meet quarterly to decide which good causes they will support.
The panel awarded over £20,000 to charities and organisations nominated by employees throughout 2011.