Monmouthshire-based recovery firm Caldicot Group is sponsoring a junior football team as part of its 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.

The business is providing full kit for the under sevens Corries Blues team, which is part of Newport Corinthians.

Gavin Edwards, managing director, Caldicot Group, said: “As a company, we believe it is vitally important to support the local community. We are proud to be able to provide the team with a new kit and help encourage fitness and team participation. As a small team financial support is limited and Caldicot Group is more than happy to support them."

Corries Blues has two coaches John Lancaster and Mark Sadler.

John said: “It's great to see companies like Caldicot Group investing in the community and more specifically, grassroots football. Enthusiasm alone is not enough to run a football club. local support and sponsorship is essential”.

Mark said: “The sponsorship from Caldicot Group has enabled us to purchase a brand new kit for the entire team. From a coaches' perspective, this is extremely important as it allows us to focus more on inputting time on coaching the children. In today's society where everything costs money, it is great to reduce financial expectations on parents”.

Prior to 2013 Newport Corinthians had only three teams in junior football. Since then the junior section has grown year-on-year as the club has actively encouraged more coaches to join. There are now 17 junior teams ranging from under five to under 14.