Leamington building supplies company has answered a plea from a junior football team to
provide them with a new strip and gave them a massive surprise.
Radford Rangers under-10s from Coventry were playing
in a makeshift strip until Old Warwick Road-based Ballingers stepped in.
Company employee Derek Collier approached managing director Graham Ballinger after his
son Ben joined the Radford side.
Mr Ballinger was only too happy to help the team and invited them down to the
Leamington showrooms to take delivery of their brand new kit and invited a Coventry
City star to present the strips.
Sky Blues striker Cedric Roussel, who lives in the Leamington area, did the honours
and, according to team manager Richard Slevin, made the boys day.
"Before we had to play in a real mix and match kit with the kids having to wear a
variety of different colours and I think that makes it hard to feel like a serious team.
"Now we have received this new kit the lads are delighted and you can see how
enthusiastic they are just to play in it. It was a great thrill for them to meet Cedric,
who was superb."
Graham Ballinger said he hoped the new strip would bring the youngsters luck.
"We are always looking for ways to invest in the community and when Derek
mentioned to me that the side were desperately short of funding for a kit it seemed a
great thing to purchase. They look very smart and hopefully they will do well in the
"The coach and some players from the side came down to our premises and were quite
surprised to find Cedric Roussel here already!
"So they not only left with a brand new kit, but also with a stack of autographs
and a day to remember."