Hope & Glory have agreed a long term deal to become the technical kit supplier & front of shirt sponsor to Oldham Athletic Girls & Women.
Hope + Glory are an apparel company based in Royton who design & manufacture bespoke football kits, training wear & urban apparel.
The brand work with professional league clubs, as well as semi-pro, amateur and grassroots clubs like Oldham Athletic Girls & Women to create them high quality bespoke teamwear.
The partnership will officially start from the 2023/24 season, the deal will see every player at the club provided with a free playing kit and training shirt, as well as the option to purchase further playing and training apparel.
This agreement will help the long-term sustainability of OAFC Girls & Women as well as support the clubs long term vision to provide Oldham Athletic with their open age Women’s team.
Upon agreeing the deal, Hope + Glory co-founder Sarah Dennis said; “We are ecstatic to welcome Oldham Athletic Girls & Women to the Hope + Glory family. Being a company made up of Latics fans, anything we can do to help the club is a bonus to us.”
Oldham Athletic CEO Darren Royle said; “This is an exciting development for all involved at the Football Club. The growth and development of the girls and women’s game is front and centre of the club’s Purpose. Expanding our community impact by building our commitment to women’s football and other sports is a central belief. We are delighted that the girls and women’s teams will be working with Hope & Glory as a valued local partner.”
Callum Irving from Oldham Athletic Girls and Women said; ‘We are delighted to get this deal over the line! This deal will help secure the long term future of the Girls club, as well as give them their own unique, bespoke kit whilst representing Oldham Athletic!
A huge thank you to Hope + Glory for their generosity in agreeing this deal, and we look forward to working with them! Also, a huge thank you to Oldham Athletic for their continued support, helping OAFC Girls & Women grow from strength to strength! This is an exciting time for OAFC Girls & Women!’
In addition to this, England Lioness Legend Ellen White and Her Husband Callum Convery have also continued to support the girls and women’s set up extending their sponsorship of the Darby Rimmer Foundation as the new sleeve sponsor, as well as pledging money to finance female coaches onto their coaching badges at the club!
Ellen White said ‘We are so proud to support the Darby Rimmer Foundation by again sponsoring the Oldham Girl’s and Women’s club who provide fantastic opportunities to enjoy football for females in and around Oldham.’
To further our commitment we want to help provide the girls and women in having positive role models facilitating fun football sessions in a safe and inclusive environment by funding coaching course for women from the community wanting to take their first or next steps in coaching.’
About the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.
Former Liverpool, Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers footballer Stephen Darby and the late British Forces Veteran Chris Rimmer partnered together to launch the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.
Close friends to Ellen and Callum, Stephen and Chris had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and created a Foundation to create awareness of MND, to fund and assist research into the illness with the quest of finding a cure for the illness, to raise funds and offer grants to those with MND, as well as creating a network to help provide information and emotional support network for those diagnosed with the disease. Chris sadly passed away last April from the disease making it all the more important for the foundation to keep up their amazing work
The shirt sponsorship and partnership means now the Foundation will have increased presence and awareness throughout Oldham and the North West.
To find out all about the Foundation, visit: https://darbyrimmermnd.co.uk/
OAFC Girls & Women is a Girls only grassroots club who currently have 7 teams playing from the ages of U8s through to U15s. The Girl’s & Women’s club operates as a separate entity to Oldham Athletic but work closely in partnership to represent Girls and Women playing football under the club name and badge, representing Oldham Athletic every time they play!
The girls recently trained on the Pitch at Boundary Park and you can see the photos below from the evening – photos courtesy of Phil Smith. (https://we.tl/t-IOHvbmI6lZ)
OAFC and OAGWFC will continue to work together with plans leading to an Oldham Athletic Women’s Team in the coming seasons!
Every player who plays for OAFC Girls’ and Women receives a free Oldham Athletic Season Ticket.
To find out more about Oldham Athletic Girls and Women FC, email Women@oldhamathletic.co.uk.