A fiercely contested tournament between teams of workers at the Wilton International site has netted the right result for schoolchildren in Dormanstown.
The Wilton Cup, played in the summer, bagged £1,600 to be split between Dormanstown Primary Academy and Dormanstown Junior Football Club (DJFC).
DJFC has already used part of the money to kit out an under-9s team at the club and now the Academy will have enough to buy a brand new strip for its team.
Teacher Kate Levett said: “We are delighted and really appreciate the fact that we were considered for support. We were looking to buy a new kit but £800 means we will have enough to do that and buy other equipment for the benefit of our pupils.”
DJFC runs several teams with youngsters from the area and currently plays on pitches loaned to it by the Academy. Now, backed by Sport England, Redcar and Cleveland Council and Coast and Country Housing, the club has ambitions to develop unused land nearby as a sporting and social facility for the entire community.
The main Wilton companies have already shown their support to DJFC’s ‘grass roots’ initiative in a number of ways including the provision of significant amounts of legal assistance and help with developing a business plan to put to Sport England.
Contractor firms at Wilton have also pitched in with support by offering to help with pitch clearance and the relocation of portable changing facilities.
Chemicals giant Huntsman organised this year’s Wilton Cup as part of its celebrations to mark 50 years of aniline production at Wilton. Employees from SABIC, Sembcorp, Huntsman, Falck, CropEnergies Ensus, Northumbrian Water, Bond Dickinson and eventual winners Hertel took part.
The picture shows:
Back row (left to right) Emma Whyman DJFC committee member, Kate Levett, Paul Mayhew (Huntsman Polyurethanes) Steve Holtham (Sembcorp Utilities UK) Chris Hullah (SABIC UK Petrochemicals) John Shipman (Site Director Huntsman Polyurethanes) and Gwen Jones, DJFC committee member.
Middle row (left to right) – pupils Abi-Nicole Manley, Lewis Nicholson, Stephen Sullivan.
Front row (left to right) Kenzie Waller, Jake Jones and Joey Ramsdale.