Homecare provider Westmorland Homecare has sponsored a flourishing under-14s girls’ football team in Kendal.

Westmorland Homecare is a provider of elderly care in the community, offering hundreds of hours of care each week.

Services include home care, such as help with housekeeping and meal preparation, and personal care, such as help with dressing, bathing and getting in and out of bed.

The firm has covered the cost of new kit for the Wattsfield U14 squad.

Kelsey Walmsley, registered care manager at Kendal, said an individual associated with the team had contacted them about sponsorship, and they were eager to help.

She said: “One of the ladies who helps to run the team contacted us and asked about sponsorship and we thought it would be really good to get involved.

“There is a strong ethos at the company of looking after the community and that extends to us wanting to support local community groups and teams like Wattsfield U14 girls’ football team.

“We are delighted to have been able to contribute to the cost of their new kit and wish the team well for the season.”

In their inaugural game donning the new kit, the team secured an impressive six-nil victory.

The team consists of 14 girls who train every Friday night and play once a week under the direction of coach Andrew Douglas.

He said: “We have a new under 14 team comprising girls from the previous two U14 teams who have not yet moved up to the under 16 team, and girls from last season’s under 12 team who have joined the higher age-group team. "As a result of a new team being formed, we needed a new kit and Westmorland Homecare kindly part-sponsored that.

“The team and the parents are grateful for the support Westmorland Homecare has given us to enable us to buy this kit so the girls can continue to enjoy playing their football. It really does make a difference.”

Coach Douglas described the team as "a really positive group of girls".

He said: "They are good, talented footballers. They love playing football whether they win or lose and they always play the game in the right spirit.”

Anyone interested in joining the Wattsfield team can contact Chris Miller at 07525 733688.