Worksop Town, one of the oldest football clubs in the world, has been handed a financial boost by one of their most famous sons- professional golfer Lee Westwood.
Former world no.1 Westwood has agreed for his golf school's logo to be put on the club's home and away shirts for the 2014/15 campaign.
Worksop Town's future has been in serious doubt since owner Jason Clark announced he was leaving the club earlier this year, and the club have been on a fundraising mission ever since. Their #Team500 Club membership scheme has been bringing in some revenue, but Westwood's deal is the equivalent of selling 40 memberships.
The golf star said he was delighted to offer his support to the cause. “Worksop will always be my home, people will always associate me with my home town and I’m proud of my roots,” he said.
“I was sorry to hear that the town’s football club were in such a perilous situation.”
“Worksop Town are the world’s fourth oldest club and their history and position in the heart of the community should be safeguarded.”
“When the Worksop Guardian approached me with idea of sponsoring the shirts for the coming season, I saw it as an ideal way of showing my support for the club.”
He was also keen to praise the fundraising work done so far, and hopes more local businesses will come forward and join the scheme.
He said: “The club’s volunteers have raised over £40,000 already, which is a fantastic amount, and I hope this sponsorship deal goes some way to ensuring Tigers have a strong future.”
“I would encourage local football fans and businesses to join the Worksop Town membership scheme - we can all play a part to build a club the town can be proud of.”
Kev Keep, chairman of the Worksop Town Supporters Trust, said “It’s fantastic news for the fans, and Worksop in general, to see such a high profile sportsman backing Tigers."
“His management team have been an absolute pleasure to work with. Shirt sponsorship deals have now raised a five figure sum for the club, and thanks go to the Guardian for linking Lee with the club.”