New kit boosts spirit of Bungay girls’ football teams

Bungay Town FC’s ladies and girls football squads are now training in style thanks to support from t

Bungay Town FC’s ladies and girls football squads are now training in style thanks to support from the PJ Livesey Group.Club coach Graham Purling with the new tracksuits also being worn by the players at Waterside Maltings in Ditchingham.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Bungay Town Football Club's women's and girls' teams will be training in style thanks to the developer restoring and redeveloping the former maltings site opposite their football club.

The PJ Livesey Group, which is developing the Waterside Maltings housing estate in Pirnhow Street, Ditchingham, has provided new training tracksuits for all the current Bungay women's and girls' football squads to boost team spirit.

Club coach Graham Purling said the teams have been wanting their own kit for a long time but needed a sponsor to help with the cost.

Mr Purling said: 'They see the boys training in their smart kit and they wanted the same. It makes a tremendous difference to team spirit and makes them extra proud to be part of the club.

'The football club has a very buoyant girls' and ladies' section which is growing all the time.

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'We currently run five girls' teams and have a development plan in place for a team in every year from under 10 upwards within two years and have just got an FA grant to promote this.

'But we needed a sponsor to help with this as the costs of kit and team clothing can be quite excessive.

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'The kit looks fantastic and we are all really grateful to PJ Livesey. It shows they want to have a long term involvement in the area.'

The former Ditchingham Maltings site has been unused since a major fire in 1999, but has now been transformed by the family run company, who specialise in restoring and reusing listed buildings, into a mix of new-build homes and apartments converted from the original silk mill on the site.

PJ Livesey director, Georgina Livesey said: 'We are delighted to have been able to help. The club's playing fields are directly opposite the site and they have been helpful neighbours.

'And I have no doubt that many of the families moving into Waterside Maltings will be involved in the football club in some way to further boost its activities in the future. It is a lovely asset to have so close by.

'We understand the importance of good presentation and are very proud that the girls' and the ladies' teams will be carrying our name when they train.'

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