Cheshire-based Gleave Homes has announced a three year sponsorship deal of Alderley Edge Hockey Club's Junior section.
The high end home builder's support enables the club to purchase additional coaching equipment and clothing for coaches.
The club currently boasts approximately 300 Junior players between the ages of 5-13 and is proud to offer opportunities for both those who just want to play for fun and those who have aspirations to play at national level.
Christopher and Emma Gleave commented "We are proud to be sponsoring AEHC's thriving Junior section. Our motivation is to give kids from all backgrounds the pride of playing and enjoying hockey. Seeing them build their confidence, working as a team and developing life-long friendships is very important."
Testament to the Junior section's coaching and development programme, both the Badgers and Beavers A&B teams ran out winners against Bowdon and Oxton respectively in friendly fixtures on Saturday, while two U11 girl's teams posed excellent wins at a Greater Manchester tournament at a bitterly cold Armitage Centre on Sunday.
Hopefully acting as inspiration for the younger players, Edge's 14 league teams also netted a total of 42 goals during Saturday's fixtures – an impressive 15 of these coming from the Mens 2s and 3s.
The Mens 2s followed up last weekend's 3-2 win over Lytham St Annes in North division league 2 by thumping West Derby Mens 1s 8-0 on Saturday. Andrew Wood and Declan O'Hara each found the back of the net twice, with Joe Coxon, Simeon Mellor, Oliver Jones and Simon Swatland also adding to the score line.
The Mens 3s enjoyed an equally emphatic win over Wrexham Mens 1s in North West division 3. The final score was 7-0 courtesy of an Andrew Walker hat trick, two goals from James Parkin and one apiece for Matt Hardy and Adam Allmand-Smith.
The Mens 4s and 5s drew against Mossley Hill and Deeside Ramblers 5s respectively, while the 5s enjoyed a 2-1 win over Stockport Bramhall 2s and the 7s put three goals past Didsbury Northern 7s.
The Ladies 1s paid the price for not converting numerous short corner opportunities in their 1-2 away loss at Sheffield Hallam but the 2s continued their fantastic form with a 2-0 win over Oldham. The 3s were outclassed by Winnington but the 4s, 5s, 6s and 7s all posted well-earned wins.
Photo: Juniors with Christopher and Emma Gleave pictured in the centre of the back row.