Apollo Energy has helped to provide West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC with procurement services and metering assistance free of charge to help the football club install a fully functioning changing room and toilet block at the Hardy Farm football centre in Chorlton.
Playing an important role in the local community, West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC run 24 different football teams, ranging from boys & girls soccer skills clubs to adult and veteran teams across numerous competitions. The men’s first team compete in the North West Counties Football League, while the women’s first team play in North West Women’s Regional Football League Premier Division.
The club’s Hardy Farm facility features two 11-a-side football pitches, a 9-a-side pitch and a 7-a-side pitch, with each of the 24 teams sharing the facilities which featured an ageing power system which no longer functioned. As a result, the changing rooms had no lighting, heating or showers and an upgrade would have cost the club a significant amount of money.
Fortunately, Apollo Energy, in partnership with civil engineering specialists, Rosgal Ltd were able to support the club to deliver a fully functioning changing room and toilet block free of charge. This work has now been completed and the 400 young people who can be found at Hardy Farm every weekend can now enjoy a hot shower after 90 minutes of football.
Steve Eckersley, Chair of West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC, said: “we are delighted to have gained the support of a wonderful team of contractors and partners to help improve our facilities, a real demonstration of businesses helping the local community and a great example of companies achieving their Corporate Social Responsibility goals.”
Tim Manley, Chair of West’s Junior section, said: “these new improved facilities will make a huge difference to the experience of our ground for the young players from West Didsbury & Chorlton and also the teams from around Greater Manchester and the North West who visit us. We are very thankful for the support of the local companies who have made this happen.”