Footballer and estate agents support team
LAUNCHING its official sponsorship of football team Brooklands Dragons JFC, estate agent Reeds Rains welcomed ex-professional footballer Julian Dowe.
The sponsorship is part of Reeds Rains’ drive to support the local community and create greater links within it.
The agent, who will provide the team’s new kit, also sees it as an opportunity to welcome Julian back to the club in Timperley where he gained experience in the early stages of his career.
Julian broke a number of goal-scoring records as a teenager and was signed by Everton FC.
He went on to play for Manchester City where he was offered a professional contract while he was still in school.
At the age of 16, Julian made his debut for Wigan Athletic FC against Manchester United, a move that saw him face high-profile players including Paul Ince and David Beckham.
His success continued to grow when he became the youngest British player to sign a professional contract in Spain, joining CA Marbella at 18.
Julian said: “It feels great to come back to where I played when I was growing up.
“The Timperley and District Junior Football League which Brooklands Dragons JFC is part of, are excellent at developing young players.
“During my time here I gained lots of valuable experience helping prepare me for my time playing professional football, both here and abroad.
“It’s great that Reeds Rains has offered this support to the team, whose role is vital to the growth of grassroots football.”
Julian has also started a free online resource to help the grassroots game, featuring contributions from some of the world’s top players and coaches. The site can be found at football4football.com.
Phil Robinson, branch manager for Reeds Rains in Sale, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer support to the local team and invite Julian along to share his experiences and inspire the young players as we Timperley, I feel proud that we are able to support the Brooklands Dragons in this way.”
●» Phil Robinson (third from right) with Julian Dowe and the coach and players of Brooklands Dragons JFC launch this new kit.
“The team looks fantastic and as a life-long resident of Sale and