Leicestershire Skip of Gold Winners 2019
For the past two months, Mick George Ltd has been running its ‘Skip of Gold’ competition in partnership with the Leicester Mercury, providing local sports clubs and community groups the chance to win £1,000.
Over 100 applications were proposed before a shortlist of the 42 most deserving cases were put forward to the voting stage. In excess of 1,600 votes were submitted ahead of the eventual winners being selected based on the most votes received.
Congratulations to Riverside United Junior FC for scooping the 2019 Skip of Gold accolade. The group managed to edge out Elite Cheer Academy who finished worthy runners-up, while third position was secured by Cottesmore Amateur Football.
Since their formation as a charity run, community football club back in 2006, Riverside Utd JFC have offered local children of various ages the opportunity to learn and enjoy football. In recent years the club has grown rapidly through the focused efforts of its committee and volunteers. Riverside United JFC now offer unrivalled facilities and equipment locally, with all teams benefiting from access to FA qualified coaches too. June 2019 saw the club host its annual presentation evening with an unprecedented 500 players, volunteers and supporters in attendance. A number that is testament to the dedication of its members and a sign of more impressive things to come.
The popularity of the annual competition seems to be increasing. Previously, Leicester Mums and Groby Library have each been successful in winning the available prize money, for which the benefits have been clearly visible for all connected.
Dean Smith, Chairman of Riverside United Junior FC said: ‘’On behalf of Riverside United Junior Football club I would like to thank Mick George Ltd for our kind nomination. We are delighted to win the Leicestershire Skip of Gold Competition. The much need prize money will be put to work at the club almost immediately, providing a new secure area for equipment and contributing towards our future expansion plans. Riverside Utd is without doubt the fastest growing club in the area, it is a fun, friendly and all-inclusive environment for children to learn the beautiful game, this money will ensure we can continue to serve the community in this spirit. Our thanks go out to all our fantastic members who voted, we are very proud.’’
Jon Stump, Joint CEO at Mick George Ltd: ‘’It was fantastic to see the community embrace the Skip of Gold competition, the support that the various groups received was overwhelming. This is the third time that we have run the competition in Leicestershire and it’s clear to see by the vast number of entries, just how important this support can be for the development of each nomination.’’
Stump Continued: ‘’The Mick George Skip of Gold competition provides a little more insight to what the community really cares about and are involved in within their daily lives. The £1,000 prize fund will undoubtedly make a real difference and should help build a brighter future. We are proud of our community initiatives and look forward to any forthcoming engagement.’’