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.
Celtic & Scotland Defender
26 year old, Charlie Mulgrew is a key member of the Celtic SPL first team and is set to become a mainstay of the Scottish National team for many years to come.
Charlie, having been schooled through Celtic's Youth system, has been playing football professionally since 2002. He has made first team appearances for Dundee, Southend United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aberdeen and of course, Celtic.
Charlie has won 11 caps at under 21 level for Scotland and has recently earned his first call-up to the full national side, in recognition of his impressive club form.
Glasgow City Ladies FC & Scotland Defender
25 year old 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.
In 2005 Emma was part of the Scotland squad that qualified for the Finals of the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship for the first time, and she later went on to captain the side before making her debut for the senior side in August 2009 in an international challenge match against France in August 2009. Emma has now established herself as a first team player and was ever present throughout the Women's World Cup 2011 qualifying campaign. She scored her first senior goal in a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland in May 2010.
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 companies and we thank them.