The North West Counties Football League
Published 2nd July 2012
.....oldest goalkeeping supplier, Reusch, to become the league’s official Goalkeeping Partner.
The deal is the first time Reusch has sponsored a league in the UK. Reusch will become the official sponsor of the league’s Goalkeeper of the Month Award across the three divisions, with each winning goalkeeper receiving a pair of Reusch gloves.
A new award will also be introduced for season 2012/13 - The Goalkeeper of the Year Award will be presented to the best goalkeepers in the NWCFL Premier, First and Reserve Divisions at the League’s Annual General Meeting which takes place in June. The winners will receive a year’s sponsorship from Reusch throughout season 2013/14, which will consist of six pairs of gloves, shirt, shorts and trousers and other goalkeeping accessories. In an additional incentive for goalkeepers, Reusch will also provide a free pair of gloves to any first choice goalkeeper in the League whose team reaches the fourth round of the FA Carlsberg Vase during this season’s competition. Dave Tomlinson, chairman of the North West Counties Football League, said: “We are delighted to welcome a brand with the heritage and history of Reusch as The North West Counties Football League’s Official Goalkeeping Partner. We look forward to working closely with Reusch over the next three years and that goalkeepers in the League will enjoy wearing gloves provided by the oldest goalkeeper glove brand in the world”. Bob Fidler, Reusch UK Country Manager, said of the deal: “We at Reusch are delighted to develop this association with the NWCFL. Over recent years I have come to know that the League is professional and progressive, and within the League there are some great clubs playing an excellent standard of football. I have personally enjoyed the hospitality at many clubs in the League across the North West of England, and hopefully with this agreement we can provide something back to the goalkeeping community within the league”. In the world of goalkeeping, no brand can match the heritage of Reusch. They manufactured the first ever goalkeeper glove with a latex palm, worn by the legendary German goalkeeper Sepp Maier when he helped West Germany lift the World Cup in 1974. Since then more goalkeepers have worn Reusch gloves to win World Cups and European Championships, than any other brand in the market. Over the years many great keepers have trusted in Reusch gloves including Peter Schmeichel when he achieved the treble in 1999 with Manchester United and more recently Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar who repeated the feat in Italy with Inter Milan in 2010, before being named UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year. Reusch recognise that it is not just players at the highest level who wear their product, which is why as a specialist brand they produce a range to suit keepers of all levels, playing in all conditions and on all surfaces. In 2012 Reusch UK has agreed a number of partnership / sponsorship deals to put something back into goalkeeping from grass roots up. Firstly they sponsored the newly formed Goalkeeper Coaches Association (The GCA) www.thegca.co.uk, who launched at the Grassroots Football Show in Birmingham, which is aiming to equip more people to provide coaching to more goalkeepers especially at the lower levels. Secondly they sponsored the first ever Goalkeeping Conference to be held in the U.K. which was an opportunity for goalkeeper coaches to get together and share ideas and coaching techniques which included sessions put on by Eric Steele, the Manchester United goalkeeper coach, and Simon Smith, the FA Youth Goalkeeper Coach.
For more information on the products offered by Reusch, visit their website at www.reusch.com. Reusch can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ReuschUK and Twitter at www.twitter.com/ReuschUK.