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Wellington Amateurs Football Club has just completed a sponsorship deal with Wickes on naming rights for their School Grove ground. The ground will in future be known as the Wickes Stadium.

Dave Gregory, chairman of Wellington Amateurs said: “We are delighted that a national company like Wickes has been generous enough to support a club like Wellington Amateurs. They have been a delight to work with and the team will be carrying the Wickes logo on their shirts for the next five years. “Also, the ground, which has seen extensive devel- opments over the last six years, will be called the Wickes Stadium. We have erected new signage on the clubhouse, at the entrance and alongside each goal with the Wickes branding.” Wickes have just moved into purpose-built premises just half a mile from the Am- ateurs ground and it seems like a great match as Dean Longmore, deputy manag- er at the Telford branch of Wickes said: “As soon as Dave con- tacted our head office in London with the proposal, we had a good look at the ground and were aware that the club had made great strides over the past five years. We were also aware that because of the lack of floodlights the club had not been able to take advantage of promotion from their league. “We know that some of the money we have pro- vided has gone into install- ing the foundations and trunking for the floodlights so we wish the club every success in securing the fi- nal funding to finally erect the floodlights. We thank

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the club for their hospitality on the opening and wish them every success for the future and look forward to working with them over the next five years and hope- fully longer.” Wellington Amateurs are currently top of the West Midlands League Division One by nine points with eight games to play. They also run a reserve team, an Under-17 team and 11 jun- ior sides including a Creche section. They have been awarded Charter Standard under the Football Associa- tion scheme.

Dust off your racquets

Wrekin Tennis Club will be putting together a variety of tennis events in Telford at The Ercall Wood School for children and adults starting in the month of April and throughout the sum- mer. Junior/students coaching will be available from the age of 4yrs to 18yrs. For those adults who have never played before or are begineers we will be doing a “adult rusty racket session”

If you would like to find out more visit our website www.wrekintennis- or even e-mail alanp52@

Our resident coach is Ellie Clarke and she will be on hand to help and advise you in making this a fun event as well as keeping fit and meeting new friends. Ellie can be contacted on 07989 597155.

Amateurs land Wickes deal

> The unveiling of the Wickes Stadium with from left Dean Longmore (Wickes), Keith Ash (Regional Controller, Wickes), Dave Gregory (Chairman, Wellington Amateurs) and Tom Farmer (President, Shropshire FA).

Wellington look to go one better

Wellington, who surprised themselves by finishing run- ners up in the Birmingham League premier division last season, are hoping to go one better this summer. The Orleton Park club have signed West Australia batsman/wicket keeper Michael Johnson as their overseas professional for the 2012 campaign. The 23-year-old from

Perth has played ten state games for Western Austral- ia, taking over the gloves from former Aussies ODI international Luke Ronchi. He is signed primarily as a batsman, having enjoyed a fine season in grade crick- et for Scarborough, hitting 704 runs at an average of 64. He also made 76 against the England Performance Programme XI. Wellington spokesman


Adam Byram said the club were delighted top have signed Johnson. “We are really happy with the way the squad is shaping up. Michael looks a superb signing and James Cam- eron is also returning for a second season as our contracted player. The Worcestershire bats- man played several notable innings for the Orleton Park club last season and has in- dicated that he will be able to play a lot more games this season. “He hopes to play nearly half the games which will be a major boost,” added Byram. Wellington will be skip- pered this season by Wen- dell Wagner, who takes over from Anthony O’Connor

who has led the side for the last six years.

There are three further signings to boost his squad - former Shrewsbury School pupil David Lloyd, a pace bowler and big hitting bats- man who was released by Glamorgan at the end of last season and the Clarke brothers Joe and Robbie who have switched from Oswestry. The highly-rated Joe has been training with the Shropshire Minor Coun- ties squad pre-season. Two players have left the club. Long-serving county allrounder Mark Downes has joined Newport – he lives just opposite the ground – and Chris Shep- erd has switched to play for Shrewsbury. And last

season’s highly successful pro Bilal Shafayat is playing for his hometown club in Nottingham.

But two further boosts to

Wagner’s squad sees the return to fitness of veterans Adam Byram and Matthew Tilt. Both have had shoulder operations during the close season and their return to fitness should give the side a big lift.

Allrounder Byram, the club’s longest serving play- er, missed half of last sea- son with his injury while Tilt was troubled by his shoul- der throughout the summer. Wellington won’t play at home until the fourth match of the season. The opening game is a Williamson Cup tie at Walsall on Saturday, April 14th and the club also travel for the second round tie the following week.

The first league fixture is on April 28 against arch ri- vals Shrewsbury at London Road.

Before the action starts the club hold their youth en- rolment night in the pavilion on Friday, March 29. Youth coaching, which starts on Monday, April 16, will be held on two nights this year - Monday and Tuesday eve- nings – as the club now has over 200 boys and girls on the their youth register. The youngsters, and sen- ior players, will benefit from an extra two new net lanes installed during the winter. Another important pre season date is Cricket Force weekend on Satur- day, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 when members will spruce up the club facilities in readiness for the new season.

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