A kid’s football team from Boyatt Wood have become the only team in the country to carry advertising for a political party.
Last Sunday afternoon the S & D Youth under 12’s took to the field at Doncaster Farm* for their Southampton Tyro League match against Sarisbury Sparks Black – resplendent in their new kit bearing the logo of the United Kingdom independence Party .
The Kit has been paid for as part of a two year sponsorship deal by UKIP activist and Allbrook resident Dan Bradbeer, who will be standing as the UKIP candidate in Eastleigh Central ward in next May’s local elections.
Team Coach Sam Smedley said the team was grateful for Dan’s support although he added that because the kit was sponsored by a political party he had spoken to the player’s parents first to ensure there were no objections.
Although FA Kit advertising regulations prohibits any political message on shirts, Sam said that when he checked with the League and Hampshire FA he was told it would be ‘absolutely fine’ as just displaying the name of the party did not in itself impart any message.
As the excited youngsters lined up for their first team photo in the new strip the Chairman of UKIPs Eastleigh branch, Peter Stewart told Eastleigh News:
“The team look brilliant in their new kit.
Well done to the FA for giving the green light and well done to Dan Bradbeer for acting as sponsor”
* Doncaster Farm playing fields have been identified by the council as having the potential for up to 117 new homes.