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School seals deal with Army.

PUPILS from Oldershaw School, Wirral, might well be expected to play a regimental form of football - after they received sponsorship from the British Ar my!

The Army Careers Information Office in Birkenhead agreed to sponsor the school's Year 11 football team and presented the players with their new strip, ahead of their first match.

Speaking to Junior XSport, the school's headteacher Steven Peach said: "We chose the British Army as our sponsor because it embodies all the attributes we believe are important as a sportsman - fair play, fitness, enthusiasm and dedication.

"The strip itself is fantastic and the youngsters are all really pleased with the new design.

"Hopefully, they will channel some of the Army's fighting spirit and be raring to go this season."

Staff Sergeant Dougie Steele from the Birkenhead ACIO said: "Most of the personnel in the army are keen on sport, with football being top of the agenda when it comes to keeping fit.

"So we're delighted to help an enthusiastic and dedicated school team.

"The presentation was great fun for everyone involved, especially when the soldiers and the children tried to see who can do the most keep-ups!". For anyone interested in finding more about a career in the Army, call your local ACIO or visit www.armyjobs.mod.uk/northwest

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NEW SHIRT: Students Dale Redfern, Jamie Jackson, Danny Allen, Craig Pritchard with soldiers Dougie Steele (right), trooper Oliver Stewart, Sgt Nick Cabo, also with headteacher Steven Peach, head of PE, Jason Gilbert (centre) and PE teacher, Paul Kivi Code zz081009ARMY.jpg

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 13, 2009
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