24th January 2018 14:28pm
More than 150 primary school children were at The Valley on Saturday to cheer the Addicks on to a 3-1 victory and to pick-up their new Charlton branded school kit.
As part of the club’s partnership with hummel, Charlton will provide up to 75 kits per year for schools in the Charlton Athletic Schools Partnership forming part of the club’s long-term strategy to grow Charlton’s fanbase by increasing brand awareness in the local area.
Each school that attended on Saturday got a kit in their own school colours with the Charlton Athletic Schools Partnership logo on it as well as their school’s name.
Charlton Athletic Chief Operating Officer Tony Keohane said: “It was great to see so many youngsters enjoying the game on Saturday and wearing the Charlton Athletic badge. When we first began negotiations with hummel, we were impressed at their long-term commitment to the local community. Supporting schools with Charlton kits is a great way to build awareness of hummel, the club and the Community Trust in the local area.”
Sport Market Manager for hummel UK and Ireland Tom Sinclair said: “We want to engage with the local community, get them involved with the club and see the partnership grow that way.
“It’s important for us as part of our karma projects as the company globally looks to change the world through sport. So it’s important we get local kids in the community playing sport.”
Director of Education, Sport and Health at Charlton Athletic Community Trust Alan Sanders said: “I think it’s a unique occasion, I’ve never really known a situation in my time in football where a sponsor has given so many school children a football kit. It’s really helped us to engage with the younger community.
“It’s a really good way of getting the kids in with our community programmes but also getting them to come along and enjoy a matchday as well, because these are our future fans.”
Schools in attendance included:
- Alderwood Primary School
- Alexander McLeod Primary School
- Cardwell Primary School
- Cherry Orchard Primary School
- Discovery Primary School
- Eltham C of E Primary School
- Foxfield Primary School
- Linton Mead Primary School
- Nightingale Primary School
- Sherington Primary School
- St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
- St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School
- Fossdene Primary School
- De Lucy Primary School