RM Manufacturing sponsors local youth football team

Published: 22nd January 2019

RM Manufacturing sponsors local youth football team

Here at RM Manufacturing, we are happy to announce our sponsorship of the Washington United Under 8’s football team.

We have sponsored the kits for the team, who compete in the Russell Foster Tyne & Wear Youth League.

To find out more about the sponsorship and what it means to the team we interviewed our Planning Manager, Chris Balmer, who is also a Head Coach for the Under 8’s team.

Washington U8s in action in their new RM Manufacturing sponsored kits



Chris, tell us more about the sponsorship.  What does it mean to the team?

‘It means a great deal to our entire team, including the parents.  I’m so pleased that the company were able to sponsor our strips. It’s been a massive help to us.

‘We are delighted with our new kits. The boys were buzzing with excitement when they saw them and are so proud to wear them!’




What does this mean to you personally?

 ‘Washington United is a team that’s close to me; I’m a Washington lad, my son plays for the team, I’ve been the Under 8’s Head Coach for a little while now. The team is a big part of our local community.

‘It’s fantastic to be able to encourage children to spend more time outside being part of something fun and healthy.

‘The club has a real sense of family about it and that sense of community and pulling together is something that RM Manufacturing is keen to encourage.

‘It’s great to be part of a company who promote values like that and are proactive in doing something about it.’


How did the sponsorship come about?

‘Our team were in a tough position financially, we really needed new football kits, but they are a big expense. The original strips were over four years old and were really worn out.

‘I spoke to the management team here about our situation. When Matt Mcrae, our Director, and Ewelina Bicchiri, our Business Development Manager, found out about the team’s plight they were keen to help.’


Chris, tell us more about the team you love. Why Washington United?

‘The club invests in the development of their youth teams, and I love that the emphasis is on the kids having fun, rather than on profits.

‘Although we compete in a fantastic local youth league, we adhere to the Football Association’s rules around ensuring all children experience equal play time.

‘I’ve seen my own son personally develop through playing for the team. We encourage and coach the development of personal skills, such as socialising, teamwork and communication, rather than purely focussing on league success.’

We also spoke to our Business Development Manager, Ewelina Bicchiri, at the company’s headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne.


Ewelina, tell us more about why RM Manufacturing chose to sponsor this team?

‘When Chris told us about the team and the situation, we were happy to step in. Being able to contribute to the local community is fantastic.

‘With the launch of our new brand identity, the timing to sponsor the team, to help a great cause and get our logo seen in the local community was ideal too.

‘The sponsorship also fits in nicely with our core values, which includes “being a part of something that matters.” This really matters to Chris, and we’re keen to listen to and support our colleagues and clients, as well as our local communities.’


Washington United, Under 8’s are currently training and preparing to compete in their league’s Spring Cup, which begins in early March. The team wore their shiny new kits during a recent friendly and won 15 – 1! Well done lads!

The entire RM Manufacturing team, wish the Washington United Under 8’s the very best for the coming season.


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