Residents sponsor team

Gerry Hennessey (far right) with the Link Up 2004 team
Gerry Hennessey (far right) with the Link Up 2004 team

Residents from Sunnybank Care Home in Cruden Bay will soon be cheering on their new favourite footballers – Fraserburgh-based youth team ‘Link Up 2004.’

The care home has signed a sponsorship deal with the team after owners Meallmore Ltd generously purchased and embroidered the team training jackets.

Jill Summers, Manager of Sunnybank Care Home, explained: “We invest a lot of time in getting to know what our residents enjoy doing and plan activities in partnership with our Residents’ Forum.

“We have a number of residents who love football and who used to play regularly themselves so when a local youth team came looking for sponsorship, we were delighted to help.

“I was personally excited as my son joined the team last year.

Jill added: “It is important for us to be actively involved in our community and we support local initiatives as often as we can so we are giving something back to the area.

“The Link-Up teams provide a great opportunity for young people to stay active and learn team working skills.

“Having the opportunity to speak to the residents during training or matches will also bring the generations closer together.”

One of the residents at Sunnybank, said: “It will be wonderful to see these young people dashing up and down the pitch.

“We are so proud that we will have our own team to support and that our home has invested in these young people.

They added: “We are looking forward to watching them when the season starts in April and maybe we can give them a tip or two about tactics!”

Aidan Summers, 10, who plays for Link-Up 2004, said: “We play in a league and, during the season, we go to matches every Sunday so we are really proud to have our new jackets to wear.

“We are looking forward to having our new supporters to cheer us on!

“They all played football too so we’ve got lots to chat about.”

Sunnybank Care Home offers a range of services and facilities to care for elderly people.

With the support and encouragement of staff, many clients are able to maintain an independent lifestyle.