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Players from Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC show off their new tracksuits thanks to sponsor EMR

4 February 2019

Local metal recycler, EMR has joined forces with Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC, an inclusive club offering football sessions to any children or young adults with a disability.

EMR, based at Liverpool Alexandra Docks, has become the club’s first official sponsor and has provided new tracksuits, rain jackets, beanie hats and funding for training equipment and a football coach for their training sessions.

EMR also recently sponsored the team’s first inclusive football tournament in September.

The Club was established in April 2018 and now has over 60 members attending training sessions each week. The team recently won the 2018 North West Football Award for Promoting Inclusion.

Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC Chairman, John Rice said: “We are overwhelmed by EMR’s support. The support has made a big difference to our club and enables us to support so many children and young adults with varying disabilities. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at EMR!

“Grassroots football brings huge benefits to children in many ways and I’m delighted that EMR have been able to give support to ensure the team have kits and training gear. Everyone is over the moon with their new tracksuits and rain jackets.”

EMR General Manger, Phil Hoare said: “At EMR we put a great deal of importance on supporting the communities that are close to our sites. Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC does an incredible job supporting children and young adults with disabilities and acting as a support network for parents and carers.

“We are delighted to support an organisation that makes such a difference to the children and young adults of Bootle and Sefton. They have also had such a positive impact on our employees around the company. We are looking forward to working with them in the future.”

Jeni Melia, mother of Aiden Melia, eight-year-old member of Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC, said: “The generosity shown by EMR in providing our children with their tracksuits, coats and hats is just astounding. Many of our children have never felt the inclusion that this act of kindness has helped create at Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC.

“Every child is equal to the next and the sponsorship definitely helps to promote this. All dressed the same, fighting daily challenges the same.

“Every parent, carer and grandparent thanks everyone at EMR from the bottom of their hearts for the friendship and understanding shown on every occasion we meet. Your support is fantastic and very much appreciated. We look forward to many years together. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC, who are working in partnership with Sefton Council Aiming High for Disabled Children, hold training every Saturday from 9.00 - 10.30 (10 and under) and 11 – 12.30 (11 to open age) at Kings Leadership Academy, Hawthorne’s Sports Hall on Fernhill Road, Bootle. New members are always welcome.

For more information email: or follow them on Twitter: @InclusionBucks. 

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