Worksop’s most famous son has come to the aid of the town’s football club with a generous sponsorship deal.
Golfer Lee Westwood, once the number one player in the world, has given his backing to the world’s fourth oldest club – Worksop Town FC.
The logo of Westwood’s golf school will appear on the Tigers home and away shirts for the 2014/15 season.
Worksop Town’s existence and 153-year history has been under threat since owner Jason Clark announced he was walking away earlier this summer.
A major fundraising drive, through the #Team500 Club membership scheme, is generating much needed cash to keep the Sandy Lane outfit alive.
And Westwood’s sponsorship deal has this week netted the club the equivalent of more than 40 memberships.
The golf star, now a Florida resident, said he was delighted to offer his support to the cause.
“Worksop will always be my home, people will always associate me with my home town and I’m proud of my roots,” he said.
“I was sorry to hear that the town’s football club were in such a perilous situation.”
“Worksop Town are the world’s fourth oldest club and their history and position in the heart of the community should be safeguarded.”
“When the Worksop Guardian approached me with idea of sponsoring the shirts for the coming season, I saw it as an ideal way of showing my support for the club.”
The 41-year-old lauded the fundraising efforts of the supporters who are keeping their club afloat.
He said: “The club’s volunteers have raised over £40,000 already, which is a fantastic amount, and I hope this sponsorship deal goes some way to ensuring Tigers have a strong future.”
“I would encourage local football fans and businesses to join the Worksop Town membership scheme - we can all play a part to build a club the town can be proud of.”
Kev Keep, chairman of the Worksop Town Supporters Trust, said the sponsorship deal would give everyone at the club a huge lift.
“It’s fantastic news for the fans, and Worksop in general, to see such a high profile sportsman backing Tigers,” he said.
“His management team have been an absolute pleasure to work with.”
“Shirt sponsorship deals have now raised a five figure sum for the club, and thanks go to the Guardian for linking Lee with the club.”
The Lee Westwood Golf School has two educational centres, in Cheshire and Essex.
Head of schools Simon Dainty said Westwood was keen to ensure budding golf stars received qualifications as well as top coaching in the sport.
“It’s great that Lee is supporting his roots, and yet again giving back to the local community,” he said.
“Lee plays an active role in the schools, the students got to meet him at Wentworth this year and he speaks to them on Skype.”
“We have two further education schools for 16-year-olds and they earn a BTEC in Sports and Excellence.”
“We’ve achieved 45 per cent distinction stars, which is massive compared to the national average.”
“The students get a good education and that’s important to Lee.”
For information on the Lee Westwood Golf School visit leewestwoodgolfschool.com.
To join the #Team500 Club to support Worksop Town FC, visit www.worksoptownfc.co.uk or call 07855 045828.