Getting Shirty for Sir Bobby
This season, Cramlington Juniors FC are doing something very special with their match shirts.
For the first time in the club’s history, every single one of their 18 teams, with players from the age of just six through to 17, will be proudly wearing the same logo – that of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
The club prides themselves on the work they do with local children, helping them to develop and improve, teaching them how to play football the right way, encouraging discipline, team work and hard work. All qualities and attributes that Sir Bobby Robson was famously associated with.
Cramlington Juniors chairman, Michael Cairns, says: “We are very proud to donate the sponsorship of every team’s shirt this season to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
“They do marvellous, important work funding projects that help cancer patients in our region and contribute to international research. And if we can help in some small way to promote them and remind people that the Foundation relies on volunteer fund-raisers, then that is fantastic.
“I’d like to think Sir Bobby would appreciate the way we play football at Cramlington Juniors. We teach the boys to keep the ball on the deck, to pass, to move, to play it the right way. Hopefully, to do things his way.
“This is the first time that every Cramlington Juniors team, right across our whole age range will wear exactly the same strip. Though it is fair to say that the shirt sizes do vary quite a bit!”
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation aims to find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer and funds projects, including the clinical trials of new drugs, that directly benefit patients from across the North East and Cumbria – and which contribute significantly to international research into the disease.
Pauline Buglass, from the Foundation, which recently announced more than £9 million has now been raised for the charity, says: “We really appreciate Cramlington Juniors giving up the sponsorship space on their match shirts for us.
“They look absolutely fantastic with the Foundation logo on them and, each time they play, the teams will be helping to raise awareness about the charity.
“We wish the club every success this season and hope the new shirts bring them luck.”
Sir Bobby said he would give up a year of his life to his Foundation. In fact, he became so passionate about it that, despite being very ill, he spent his last 18 months doing all he could to raise funds to find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.
He described it as “like being at the helm of a team again.”
To make a donation, view messages of support, or for more information please visit www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk or donate by sending a cheque to Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Charitable Funds Office, Peacock Hall, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4LP.