Northampton team bowled over by new sports kit

A Northampton bowls team have been kitted out with smart new polo shirts with a donation from a charity fund.

Thursday, 8th December 2016, 3:16 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:46 pm
The Eagles bowls team in their new kit provided by The Mick and Sheila White Fund, facilitiated by the

The Eagles meet every Tuesday night at Kingsthorpe Bowls Club largely comprise players with Down’s syndrome and their carers.

Formed in 2000 the sporting group team, some of who have learning disabilities, is the latest recipient of a donation from The Mick and Sheila White Fund.

The fund was set up by husband and wife Mick and Sheila and is facilitated by Northamptonshire Community Foundation to support the county’s brilliant sporting talent.

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As community support is the focus of The Mick and Sheila White Fund, the opportunity to help The Eagles became clear once they had seen the bowls group in operation, first hand. Mick White said: “They are a fantastic group of people and it was wonderful to meet Mary Muir who co-ordinates them although, of course, she needs the help of the carers who in some cases bring along the players along to the sessions and also take part themselves.

“For us, it is all about helping people who go the extra mile and watching The Eagles helps to bring an enormous sense of perspective about life in general.

Mick and Sheila supplied new club polo shirts to The Eagles with their team logo on the front.

Mary Muir the team’s co-ordinator said: “The Eagles all love their new shirts.

“They have become a real team since receiving them.

“The bowlers with disabilities are dressed the same as the helpers and it is very clear to everyone in the club that we are the Eagles.

“Those with less communication touch The Eagle badge on their shirt and on another person’s shirt, so I know what an impact this has had on us all.”

Kingsthorpe Bowls Club Saturday team are also supporting the team choosing them as their nominated charity for 2017.