Business telecoms provider, 4Com PLC, announces £5000 sponsorship of Bishop Wordsworth’s School football coaching support for the next twelve months.
Bournemouth based company 4Com, was approached by one of the schools year seven pupils, twelve year old Taylor Oakley, seeking sponsorship to help replace discontinued community sports funding from the government for addition sports coaching.
“The school has been very successful in developing its sporting prowess in Rugby, Basketball and Athletics and had funding in place for specific football coaching support.” Said Graham Lloyd, Deputy Head Master at Bishop Wordworth’s School. “Over the last 12 months we had seen a tremendous amount of improvement in the school’s football team, unfortunately funding was cut and the coaching support had to be cancelled.”
In stepped Taylor who approached 4Com after speaking to his father who worked for the company. Twelve year old Taylor then developed a sponsorship proposal with the School and pitched the idea to 4Com’s Chairman, Daron Hutt and CEO, Gary Scutt.
“The approach that Taylor took was absolutely brilliant, he came in and presented to myself and Gary and we were both very impressed at how mature he was for such a young lad.” said Daron, adding “However business is business, when it came down to the final finances we had to consider the benefits to the company and how it fitted with our sponsorship of the Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching academy which focuses on talented and gifted young footballers. Taylor’s proposals fitted well as it was about coaching and met our corporate social responsibility policy around sports and young people, so we decided to help out on this occasion.”
4Com have now provided the school with £5000 to cover new football strips and funding for extra coaching for the next twelve months, with Taylor himself presenting a cheque for the final £3,775 to Director of Sport, Marcus Hole.
Taylor said, “I was really disappointed the school had lost the community sports funding as I love football. I was really nervous about approaching my Dad’s company to try and raise £5000, but with a little encouragement from him and Mr Lloyd at the school, I thought that it was worth a try.”
Taylors father, Project Manager at 4Com, Julian Oakley said “I was very impressed at how my son approached raising the much needed money for the school’s football coaching, he had to work hard at developing the proposals and it was down to his presentations and definitely not because I worked for the company that he was successful.” Adding “When he came out of the boardroom, I was very proud as he smiled at me saying, I got it dad.”
About Bishop Wordsworth’s School
Bishop Wordsworth’s School was founded in 1890 by John Wordsworth, Bishop of Salisbury. When he established the school his intention was that it should offer a high quality education to boys within the confines of the Cathedral Close. Since then the school has grown – there are now nearly 900 11-18 year old boys on roll – but the school has remained true to its founder’s traditions by following three basic aims: To encourage all our pupils to develop their potential to the full by setting themselves the highest standards of excellence and achievement; To develop in all our pupils the integrity and the means to face confidently the challenges of a fast changing world; To inspire all our pupils to lead happy, purposeful and responsible lives.
Bishop Wordsworth’s School, 11 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2ED Telephone: 01722 333851 Facsimile: 01722 325899.