Foot­baller and es­tate agents support team

Macclesfield Express - - HOMES -

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 foot­bal­l4­foot­

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.”

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●» 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

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