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Team out of pocket after kit deal collapse

Bury Kings celebrate winning the Tchoukball UK Super Cup, completing a domestic quadruple. ANL-150519-102525001
Bury Kings celebrate winning the Tchoukball UK Super Cup, completing a domestic quadruple. ANL-150519-102525001

Bury St Edmunds Tchoukball Club have been left £450 out of pocket after their kit supplier went bust just days after they paid the deposit.

The volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation had agreed a £900 kit deal with Bespoke Teamwear Ltd based in Leicester.

However, the firm cashed their deposit days before they folded, dealing the club a harsh financial blow.

Head coach Ian Parker said : “We have been left £450 short - for a small community club that’s massive. It is about 25 per cent of all the money we have. We have worked for years for that - we have to subsidise our own tournament fees, buy equipment, fund training.

“It is a really big deal for us.”

The hugely successful club, who won three national championships in a row and have several players who represent the UK nationally, have now set up a fundraising page to recoup some of their losses.

Family business Beautiful Beers in Bury St Edmunds is also out of pocket, having arranged to sponsor the kit.

Owner Rene van den Oort, whose 18-year-old son Max plays for the first team, said: “The sponsorship will still happen of course but it has cost me money as well.

“I am not a multi-national , I’m a small independent business and want to support the local team.”

Rene’s wife Phillipa said: “It is such a big blow to the club and such a shame because they don’t deserve this to happen to them. “They are such a supportive club that have given our son a great opportunity - he has grown not only as a player but as a person too.”

Nobody from Bespoke Teamwear Ltd was available for comment.

To donate to the club’s kit fund visit www. gofundme.com/y5np88


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