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Royce Rangers receive sponsorship from the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance

The Royce Rangers Under 12s football team have received new training tops featuring the local air ambulance logo on the back.

The Tornadoes team at the Rutland club have been given the new training tops by a player’s parents who wished to support the team, and at the same time, promote the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) in the local community.

The lifesaving service which relies on public donations to remain operational has been working tirelessly on the frontline throughout the pandemic – providing vital support to the NHS – so raising awareness for them in ways such as this is essential, especially as their local Oakham charity shops are temporarily closed again.

Dr Leon Roberts with son Logan who plays for Royce Rangers.
Dr Leon Roberts with son Logan who plays for Royce Rangers.

The father of player Logan Roberts, who has been a doctor with DLRAA over the last eight years, Dr Leon Roberts said: “Due to its isolated location, Rutland residents can benefit from the expert level of clinical care provided by DLRAA in some emergencies.

“This vital service is a charity which relies on the support of local communities like Rutland to keep us flying – I have witnessed first-hand what a positive benefit this can bring.”

Although in another lockdown, the boys have already sported their new red tops around the house and out in their gardens, excited for when they can get back out on the playing field.

DLRAA Community Fundraising Executive Vicky Evans added: “The Royce Rangers Under 12s’ new training tops look fantastic.

“We are so grateful to them for proudly displaying our charity logo to raise vital awareness of our lifesaving service.

“Last year, our crews were called out to 790 missions in Leicestershire and Rutland, so support from our local communities here is greatly appreciated.”

Zack Coleman in one of the new training tops.
Zack Coleman in one of the new training tops.

Royce play in Division Four of the Leicester Foxes Sunday League and are currently in third place after an unbeaten start to the season which has produced four wins and a draw from their five matches.

Their last outing was on Sunday, November 1, when a goal from the division’s top marksman William Reid earned them a 1-1 draw at Oadby Owls Tawnys.

Previous matches saw a 4-2 away win at Friar Lane & Epworth Rockets where Jet Kyte bagged a brace with Joe Blythin and Reid also on target.

That followed an 8-0 home victory over Beaumont Park Pumas where Reid hit a hat-trick with Oliver Gray (2), Kyte, Blythin and Roberts also on target.

The Tornadoes have also hit Oadby Owls Juniors for six this season after a 6-2 away win which saw another treble for Reid, a double for Kyte and Blythin also netting.

Royce had started their season with an 8-1 home win over Whetstone Panthers where Reid scored three goals with Blythin and Kyte both bagging two and Gethan Flint also on the scoresheet.

Anyone wishing to support the frontline service can visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk or call 0300 3045 999.

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