Football-mad youngsters from two local teams had a training session to remember when they got to hone their skills under the expert guidance of Leeds United legends, Eddie Gray and Noel Whelan.
Drighlington Juniors AFC and Tingley Athletic U7 were the two lucky teams that won the 'Name ‘Em & Fame ‘Em' competition, organised by builders’ merchant, Gibbs & Dandy, as part of its activities to celebrate the opening of its new Leeds branch on Elland Road.
The prize package included this training session with the former United players, which took place on 26 September, in East Ardsley, as well as a new Gibbs & Dandy branded kit for each team, along with a selection of training equipment.
James Pullan, from Tingley Athletic, said: “The kids loved the entire experience and they had a lot of fun. Even though our players are only aged six and seven years, you could see they were really focusing on their skills and drills. I’m sure Noel and Eddie were impressed by the effort the kids put in.”
John Burnley, from Drighlington Juniors, said: “Noel has a UEFA B coaching licence and Eddie is a former two-time Leeds United manager, so the training session gave our players a great insight into how professionals train and prepare for matches.”
Mick Towey, branch manager of Gibbs & Dandy Leeds, said: “Congratulations to both teams for winning this prize. Who knows, we may even see some of these youngsters one day stepping out on the hallowed turf of Elland Road.”
The opening of the Leeds branch is part of a push by Gibbs & Dandy to enhance its profile and increase business in West Yorkshire. Gibbs & Dandy already has two other branches in the area, Pudsey and Huddersfield. Combined, the three branches will target trade professionals in the region.
Image shows: Drighlington Juniors with Mick Towey, Gibbs & Dandy Leeds branch manager, (far left) next to Eddie Gray and Noel Whelan (second from right)