THE squad of an under-11 football team were given VIP treatment at a Liverpool dealership when they checked out the latest model of the car they are named after.
Boys from Leon FC, who are flying high in the Bootle, Litherland and Netherton Junior Football League, popped in for a photo shoot at Liverpool SEAT, where they got a sneak view of the new SEAT Leon, which goes on sale next month.
The team, formerly called Millennium FC, changed its name to Leon FC two years ago when Liverpool SEAT Director Barry White offered to sponsor them.
The partnership has gone from strength to strength with Barry’s £500-a-year funding paying for tracksuits, playing kit and balls – while the boys have repaid the dealership’s faith by stringing together some great results.
Barry, who’s been a director at Liverpool SEAT in Pall Mall for five years, said: "I wanted to get involved with the local community and sponsoring this football team seemed like a great opportunity. They are a great bunch of kids and have been playing together since the age of four.
"There’s been a nice spin-off for the business with some of the boys’ parents buying cars from us. The next sponsorship payment will pay for a new kit next year."
Barry takes a special interest in the team’s success because his 10-year-old son, Harry, skippers the side from his central midfield position.
Team manager Peter Donnelly said: "We finished second last season and are joint third this season in what is a very competitive league. We are hoping to top the league but we’ll need to win all our remaining games to achieve that."
Leon FC plays at the Brookevale playing fields in Crosby and several of the players have been given trials at local clubs’ academies.