The Cartwright Group has given a local football club a helping hand by giving a select number of budding young footballers the opportunity to take part in a football tournament in Northern Ireland.
Now in its second year of association with the Altrincham Junior Football Club, Cartwright has contributed to the clubs’ annual trip, sponsoring a handful of lucky players from various age groups to play in the Foyle Cup, held in Derry City.
Altrincham JFC’s Under 13s and Under 17s successfully reached the finals of their age brackets, losing out to both marginally to Sheffield United and Derry City respectively.
The Foyle Cup has helped launch the careers of many young players who have gone on to make a name for themselves in the professional game, with notable past participants including footballing giants Celtic F.C., Norwich City and Sheffield Wednesday.
The tournament hosts 400 teams who play 1500 games in total over six days where thousands of young footballers take part in this ‘festival of football’. The tournament attracts clubs from across the globe and provides invaluable experience to young players who look to clinch their dream move to a top club.
Altrincham’s summer of success continued with their annual trip to Belfast where Mark Cartwright took the clubs’ Under 11s to victory as manager in the Taggart Memorial Cup.
Cartwright has awarded a variety of sponsorship opportunities to Altrincham JFC , which works with more than 700 children and young people in 47 junior teams from the age groups that range from Under 6s through to Under 19s.
The company’s Group Managing Director Mark Cartwright – an avid football fan – has been associated with the club for the past four years; first becoming involved with the club through his son and two nephews.
Mark has continued his involvement by helping young footballers to further their talents by sponsoring Altrincham JFC youngsters to attend annual trips to tournaments in Derry and Belfast.
During his association with the club, Mark has also overseen a number of donations to Altrincham FC such as defibrillator, auction prizes for various fundraising nights and sponsorships of two of the junior clubs’ grounds.
Paul Fay, Head of Youth and Junior Development at Altrincham FC, said:
“Being a community club we cannot provide funding for the players to go over to Ireland and play in the Foyle Cup. Cartwright have been hugely generous by sponsoring a number of players to attend our annual Northern Ireland trip.
“Without the funding Cartwright offers there would be a number of players in our current first team whose development would suffer by not attending annual Foyle Cup competition so the contribution Mark and the Cartwright Group provides is invaluable for both the club and its players.
“Cartwright has been very supportive of our club over the years, and with more than 50 teams – each costing around £3,500 a year to run – every penny counts.
“Due to commitments to his company Mark has stepped down from his managerial role following his trip to Belfast in July but remains a generous supporter of what we are trying to achieve here at Altrincham for the Junior & Youth section of the club.
“We are delighted to be continuing working with Cartwright and we thank the company for its ongoing support which will help make a difference to our young players.”
Mark Cartwright added: “Altrincham JFC is a club that has close family links to myself so I was thrilled to find out that the Under 13s and Under 17s reached the final of the Foyle Cup. The success of the Taggart Cup win also demonstrated the talent that currently exists within the junior teams and I was proud to be personally a part of that in the summer.
“Altrincham JFC is a fantastic facility for inspiring young footballers and over the years has helped the development of thousands of children on and off the pitch.
“The Cartwright Group prides itself on nurturing young talent in all walks of life so we are delighted to be able to support the club in continuing its excellent work in developing its players.”