Danny Sullivan Group Donate £2,500 to Save Local Harlesden Football Club
Danny Sullivan Group are delighted to announce that a donation has been made to the Old Uffingtonians Football Club to the amount of £2,500 in order to keep the club afloat. The team, as a result, will bear the logo and branding of the Danny Sullivan Group on their official strip.
The Harlesden based Old Uffingtonians football club was formed in 1930 by the pupils of Willesden High School on Uffington Road. The club has remained true to its roots and is still based on the same premise, upon which it was originally formed, “a group of lads who just enjoy playing football” – (Zak McCausland, Old Uffingtonians Member and Danny Sullivan Employee)
The club has a strong legacy, like Danny Sullivan Group, which is focused on fostering a strong sense of loyalty within the organisation. According to Mr McCausland, 80% of the players have been with the club for 7 years or more and 85% of them are from local areas including Stonebridge, Church Road and Mitchell Brook, this further encourages the strong sense of community within the club.
In recent times, the club found themselves struggling as a result of financial hardship and the subsequent loss of players resulted in the club reducing its teams from four to a single competitive team. However, they remained positive and have engaged with the local community to develop a number of new teams, including a youth team for both girls and boys, as well as a disability team. The club was founded on a love for football and they therefore believe that “Everyone deserves the opportunity to play football.”
The donation made by Danny Sullivan Group will be put towards obtaining their FA Charter Standard to help the club with their marketing, which will encourage not only more members and players, but also future sponsorship and therefore enable them to hit the ground running in regards to setting up the new teams.
Zak McCausland now holds the manager role within the club and is believed to be the driving force behind the club’s progress so far. Since Zak has taken over he has organised a new kit, new maintenance for the pitch, brought in new player and coaches. All of which has contributed to more recent success of the team. The season in which Zak took over, they had been relegated and hadn’t won a single game in the last 17. At this point, Zak and the captain decided to give the club a complete transformation and got started on the aforementioned tasks. As a result, the team started to get a few wins under their belt and a new-found confidence was re-born. This spurred them on to push harder and they have since managed to finish in the top 4 in the last number of seasons. Two cup finals and six semi-finals later and the club are looking forward to bigger and better things. Most recently, the team went on to win the Intermediate North title in the Amateur Football Combination League.
This season the team struggled to find sponsors and were ready to fold as they were not going to be able to survive financially. As a result of Zak being is a valued member of the Danny Sullivan Group workforce, he approached the company with a proposal that they couldn’t refuse. Thanks to the support of the Danny Sullivan Group, the dreams and aspirations of the team are achievable once more. Zak had some lovely words to offer about his relationship with The Danny Sullivan Group over the years. “I’ve worked for DSG for the last 13 years and regard the O’Sullivan family as friends as well as my employers. I’ve been lucky to have employers that not only have given me work for that length of time but have also gotten to know me and my family personally which means a lot. It shows that they are not just interested in making money but they also look out for their employees and that’s across the board for everyone that works for them. I never really worked for or have known a firm that shows that level of respect or interest in their employees and that goes a long way.”