Behind every great team lies a phenomenal support network and Host Your Kit is no different.
We may not have an army of dedicated parents ferrying us to games at all hours, or volunteer coaches who selflessly give up hours of their time to keep their teams turning out, but we do have some equally important support. Since we launched Host Your Kit in 2012 we have had support from the following sports organisations and sporting stars.
GreaterSport is the Greater Manchester Charity committed to Changing Lives by creating, providing and enabling sustainable opportunities for everyone to take part in sport and physical activity. Part funded by Sport England and AGMA (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities) GreaterSport is part of a national CSP network demonstrating leadership and connectivity in sport and physical activity.
basketballscotland is the recognised national governing body for basketball in Scotland. basketballscotland is committed to the long term development of the game across Scotland at all levels. It engages with the basketball community, including coaches, clubs, staff and volunteers in a positive manner to facilitate change across the development pathway. In 2014 the objective of basketballscotland is to increase the number of participants and volunteers involved on a regular basis.
Youth Football Scotland is a not-for-profit social enterprise with the primary target of providing a one stop shop for anyone connected to the game of youth football, Scotland-wide. The aim of Youth Football Scotland is to raise the profile of youth football in Scotland and improve quality levels in all areas; to promote healthy living by increasing the number of participants in the grassroots game; and to provide volunteering opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
Manchester City and Scotland
Jennifer Beattie plays football from Manchester City and Scotland. Her previous clubs include Celtic and Arsenal Ladies as well as Montpellier HSC. Jenny started playing football at primary school in Glasgow and made her debut in the Scottish Women's Premier League at the age of 15. She has represented Scotland on more than 80 occasions.
GB and Scotland
Celtic star Charlie Mulgrew helped us launch Host Your Kit back in 2012 just as he earned his first full senior cap for Scotland.
Since then he has become a stalwart of the national team.
GB and Scotland
Kieron grew up in Stirling in Scotland and didn't start playing basketball until he was 14. His talent was quickly recognised and just two years later he became the youngest player to represent Scotland at a senior level. Kieron was part of the GB team that competed at the London Olympics in 2012. He's 6 foot 10 inches tall!
Robbie is a midfielder with Rangers FC. He has been with the club since he was eight and made his breakthrough at Ibrox when the club found itself playing in the Third Division.
Glasgow City Ladies FC & Scotland Defender
Emma Fernon has played for Scotland's premier women's football club, Glasgow City FC, since 2004.
Joining Glasgow City FC from the Cumbernauld Cosmos, Emma started her career as striker, before moving into defence. Emma has the distinction of scoring Glasgow City's first ever European goal in a UEFA Women’s Cup (now the UEFA Women’s Champions League) tie against Athletic Bilbao. Emma is also a Youth Community Coach for the club.
Greaves is thought to be one of the oldest sports retailers in the world, it is certainly the longest-running store of its kind in Scotland.
Ownership of the business can be traced back to William Greaves' decision to buy-out a rubber company he worked for in 1930. The Clydesdale Rubber Company which established in 1870 on the site of the Gordon Street store, sold among many other things wellington boots and sheep skin coats.
A turning point in the story came in the 1950s when the shop diversified into the sports trade and in particular became synonymous with winter sports. Under Jim and Bill Greaves' - the third generation - stewardship in the 1960s, the business flourished. The family business became known as Greaves Sports in 1967 and has remained independent and in the Greaves family ever since, with a fifth generation now appointed to the board. The business now employs 120 people and has an annual turnover in excess of £10m.
Greaves has become a favourite of several high profile customers over the years from legends of the past to modern day sports and entertainment heroes.
Host Your Kit could not have happened without the support of these wonderful individuals and organisations and we thank them.