London Biggin Hill Airport confirms today their sponsorship of the U16 Kent Youth League team of the Sevenoaks Town Football Club in the new football season starting next month. The team will play in the Kent Youth League.
At a launch ceremony staged at the clubhouse at Greatness Park, Chairman Paul Lansdale said that the young team will wearing with pride their new range of playing shirts and jackets bearing the airport’s distinctive logo.
“Biggin Hill’s partnership with the airport goes well beyond their name on shirts – important as that is. It will enable our young players to gain valuable FA qualifications such as the Level 1 Coaching badge and to take the First Aid and Safeguarding Children courses. They will be well tutored in coaching and will benefit from practical experience in that role with our Under 7 to 10 teams. It means that 16-year olds will be in a position to give something back to even younger generations and to be given targets for personal development. When applying for a new job, these aspects could help to make a difference” said Paul Lansdale.
Robert Walters, Business Development Director at Biggin Hill Airport said that the airport company seeks to support worthwhile local community activities in a positive and progressive way.
“It is a source of great satisfaction to us that we are partnering a successful ‘grass roots’ club with a history and pedigree that goes back to 1883. The club manages no less than 50 teams ranging from 7-year olds up to veterans and Powerchair players. Clearly the club benefits from inspired leadership and from the many volunteers who draw in families and friends to foster a true community spirit. We are proud to join as new sponsors and will look forward to supporting your fine efforts in this part of Kent” he said.
At the ceremony, U16 Captain Henry Gavan and Vice-Captain Charlie Watkins led their team on to the pitch for a photocall wearing their new playing shirts featuring the London Biggin Hill Airport logo that incorporates the outline of a corporate jet aircraft.
Robert Walters outlined plans for a new Aerospace Academy at the airport.
“In conjunction with Bromley College, we are planning to establish an academic facility that will train local boys and girls for good jobs in the fast-growing international aerospace industry. As a local business, we are dedicated to helping to create new jobs for local people. It is intended that the Academy will become the focal point for skills development by providing a full range of courses leading to qualifications required by the industry” he said.
Biggin Hill Airport Ltd holds a 125-year lease on the airport from the London Borough of Bromley that commenced in 1994.
For more information about London Biggin Hill Airport, visit www.bigginhillairport.com.