Gibbons Wreckers U15s Football Team Kicks Off with The Jewellery Channel

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TJC is now the proud sponsor of the Under 15s Gibbons Wreckers Football team, including spanking new uniforms and one of their own providing coaching.

The Jewellery Channel
What Gibbons Wreckers YFC means to me can be summed up in one word - Family. To see players from all different ethnic backgrounds come together as one on a pitch has been a joy to watch

As of February 2013, the The Jewellery Channel(TJC) has taken the Under 15s football squad, based at the Gibbons Recreation Ground in the North West London Borough of Brent, under their wing.

Known as a leading online retailer of a wide range of exquisitely crafted jewellery at affordable prices, as well as being a popular TV shopping network which broadcasts to over 30 million homes in Britain and the Republic of Ireland alone, TJC is now giving back to the community with this sponsorship project.

The Gibbons Wreckers club, previously named 'The Rachel Yankey Football Programme', was formed in 2007 to give kids the opportunity to be trained in football skills and find a social haven where they can make new friends.

Run entirely by volunteers, the club has achieved Charter Standard status - a nationally recognised award given by The FA for teams who meet the strict criteria that ensures young people get to enjoy football in a safe environment.

The Gibbons Wreckers started off with 3 teams – Under 9s, 10s and 12s - but they have now expanded to include teams for Under 11s, 13s and 15s. The latter will soon enter into the Under 16s league for the season of 2013/2014.

In addition to providing the Under 15 team, who compete in the Harrow Youth Football League, with a smart new uniform to stand proud at matches, The Jewellery Channel is pleased to have their very own E-Commerce Coordinator, Shaun Bridgeman, coaching the lads.

Shaun has a wealth of football experience under his belt, having been on trails with Luton Town, Brentford & Rushden & Diamonds, as well as playing for AFC Heathrow/Feltham FC/Kodak FC/South Kilburn FC.

He began as a volunteer coach in July last year when he met Rachel Yankey (MBE Current Female England plus Arsenal Ladies Player), and has also benefitted from the mentorship of Manisha Tailor (Football Coach and Ambassador for FA's 'Football Needs' & Brit Asian Sport Trust Foundation), who taught him that the key factor in youth coaching is “FUN”. Shaun also continues to progress with his coaching skills – he is currently studying for his Level 2 FA badge.

With Shaun having taken over the under 15s Gibbons Wreckers this year, they are currently achieving 3rd in Division 4 of the Harrow Youth League and have a chance to get promoted into Division 3 with two games left of this season.

The squad’s next game is Home vs. Venceremos, kicking off this Sunday (24 February) at 11am, with The Jewellery Channel just one of many cheering for the coach and his team.

Commenting on his work with the under 15s team, Mr Bridgeman concluded: “What Gibbons Wreckers YFC means to me can be summed up in one word - Family. To see players from all different ethnic backgrounds come together as one on a pitch has been a joy to watch. I am proud to be helping them achieve success as their coach, and TJC looks forward to enjoying a long and successful relationship with such a worthy youth project.”

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