Grimsby Town Century Club: Glass firm can see clear benefits in initiative
ONE of the latest businesses to join The Century Club has done so to help keep talented young footballers in the area.
Dave Mann, managing director of Patteson's Glass says 'too many' promising talents migrate from the area to join clubs elsewhere.
His company has pledged £200 to the initiative to help sustain the 'important' youth set-up at Grimsby Town and enable more youngsters to remain in the area.
Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: "It's very important that every club has a youth development set-up and Grimsby is no different.
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"Too many leave the area to play elsewhere and it's important that we try and keep them here.
"The youth set-up needs our support and if this initiative can do that, then fantastic."
The Century Club has been launched by the Grimsby Telegraph, in partnership with the Mariners, to help sustain the club's Youth set-up.
The initiative calls on 100 businesses to each pledge £200, with the money going directly to supporting the Academy.
Mr Mann added that his business, which launched in 2008, was happy to sign up, saying 'every little helps' in supporting a worthwhile cause.
"It's a very good initiative and it helps both small and big businesses become part of the football club, which is fantastic," he said.
"We like to help out in the community and we see it as a worthwhile cause.
"Every little helps and if our £200 helps towards a young player breaking through and making it, helping Grimsby to climb the ladder in the process, then it will be worth it."