The Garforth Villa Blue team is a tight-knit group of boys who have come a long way since their previously challenging football season. Many of the boys have been part of the club since their Mini Villa days, forging strong bonds that extend beyond the football field. Not only teammates, these boys are also schoolmates and friends outside the pitch. The previous season had been a rollercoaster, marked by ups and downs that tested their resilience. However, this season has unfolded differently, with the team displaying newfound consistency and resilience. Competitive games have become the norm, each match bringing forth a showcase of their skills and a chance to learn and grow.

EDSB Compliance Solutions has proudly sponsored the Garforth Villa Blue team for the season by providing each player with brand new kits. The Club Manager, Mark Clapham, expresses how important EDSB’s support is to the team and what the sponsorship goes towards.

Mark goes on to explain the team's expectations for the future, which is to continue playing fun and competitive games, whether they win or lose. Games serve as extensions to training, providing opportunities for the boys to learn and master essential skills as the team's journey progresses.

The boys have performed exceptionally well in their divisional league, making it likely that they will move into the next league. This transition will bring new challenges, but we are confident that the team possesses the necessary skills, confidence and experience to succeed.

The Garforth Villa Blue under-9 boys approach each game with enthusiasm, always ready to learn and showcase their evolving skills on the pitch. EDSB is delighted to support this team and wishes them all the best for the future!

Are you interested in joining the Great Leeds Walk?

EDSB is delighted to take part in the Great Leeds Walk to support Leeds Children’s Charity at Lineham Farm. We will be trekking the 5km as a #OneTeam.

The Great Leeds Walk is a brand new challenge event which is exclusive to Leeds Children’s Charity at Lineham Farm. Offering three routes, it promises to be a fresh adventure, great for getting teams together, and a unique perspective on the stunning scenery Leeds has to offer. From countryside to urban landscapes, this walk showcases and celebrates the best of our city all whilst making a meaningful difference to young lives in our community.

Leeds Children’s Charity at Lineham Farm is dedicated to brightening children’s lives by providing unforgettable breaks and valuable learning experiences. They work with the most disadvantaged children in the city, offering them respite from difficult, and sometimes abusive, home lives.

The full 26-mile route is circular, starting and finishing at Lineham Farm. The 10-mile walk starts at the farm and there will be a shuttle bus back to the farm at two times, or walkers can make their own way back. The 5k walk is a circular route around the grounds of the Lineham Farm. Unfortunately, due to Health & Safety, dogs will not be allowed join this event. If you or your family members have any allergies, it is recommended not to participate.

If you would like to show your support through donating, please CLICK HERE. All funds go directly to the Leeds Children’s Charity at Lineham Farm.

Read more about it below. If you would like to show your support, CLICK HERE to visit our JustGiving page


Over many years, EDSB Compliance Solutions has supported Grassroots Football and Rugby clubs. However, when we were approached by our Small Works Estimator, Jade Bunyan, to sponsor a young majorette, we could not pass up the opportunity. Jade’s niece, Hollie Dixon started majorettes in September 2020 and quickly fell in love with the sport. She completed her first competition in 2021 and from there she went from strength to strength. She achieved 4 national titles in duo, baton, strut and group 3 mascot at the BMSA national championships and came out with 2 overall championships for the whole 2023 season. This season Hollie has joined a new troupe, Yorkshire Supremes, in hopes of furthering her progress in future seasons.

EDSB’s sponsorship helped provide Hollie with a new kit, showcasing our logo on her competition t-shirt. Hollie’s mum, Laura explains why our sponsorship was so important:

EDSB sponsoring Hollie this year is so important as majorettes is a very expensive sport, so with their help Hollie will be able to undertake more private lessons to help her progress, it will also help with new equipment she needs and also costumes for the 2024 season. Hollies expectations for the upcoming season are to hopefully complete her exams at grade 1 and 2 so she can qualify to be a part of the England squad for the world championships 2025. Hollies dream is to support her country and wear the England kit, so this year her main focus is working hard to achieve those goals and with EDSB’s sponsorship, it means she can hopefully go on and achieve this.

EDSB could not be more proud of Hollie’s achievements and wish her all the best in the future. We look forward to seeing you reach every goal you have set for 2025!

EDSB Compliance Solutions are delighted to once again support Lowdham Colts FC in Nottingham for another season. Having been committed sponsors since 2018, we have really seen the team develop their skills and thrive on the football field as they proudly wear the EDSB logo on their kits. Most of the team have played together since they were 5 years old. New members have joined as the numbers per side have increased. The squad is made up of players from Lowdham and at least 4 other surrounding villages.

Last month Lowdham Colts U12’s said goodbye to Aiden Slinger, a player that has been a huge part of the team since joining in 2018. He was also the winner of the EDSB sponsors player of the season for 2022/23 season. Aiden and his family are moving to make a new life in Australia. It has been great to see Aiden and the team progress throughout the time EDSB have supported them, moving into its 7th year. The boys are really going to miss Aiden, he is a valuable member of the team, he will always be welcome back if ever they come to visit, once a Colt always a Colt! We would just like to wish the Slinger family all the very best for the future.

EDSB’s Client Relationship Director, Craig Crunkhorn, whose son Jacob is in the football team, commented on the importance of this sponsorship and exactly what the funds were going towards:
“It is vital to get support at Grassroots level sport to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to play without the concerns around the expenses for parents. At Lowdham Colts, we ensure all players are provided with a home and away kit as a minimum. This ensures all players feel part of the team.”

The team’s coach, Jason Simpkins expressed his expectations for the season:
“We are keen to continue building on our team in readiness for 11 aside football next season. We aim to finish as high up the league as we can and if possible, improve on being runners up in the cup! But most of all, we want the team to continue and for the players to enjoy football.”

EDSB are proud to support this team and wishes them all the best for the future!

Garforth Villa U12’s Whites

EDSB Compliance Solutions is proud to support another grassroots football team, Garforth Villa U12’s FC. The club started off as an under 8’s boys and girls team training as Mini-Villa, and now, 5 seasons later, they are stronger than ever. When EDSB’s very own SHEQ Manager, Neil Anstee, enthusiastically approached us with a sponsorship request, we could not show our support quickly enough. We were thrilled to sponsor the team with new kits for the next two years.

Neil volunteered as a coach to help set up a more structured team and has been managing that side ever since. Last season, they started in a higher league and often struggled for results, but he believed the team really held their own against some good footballing sides before dropping down a league. They had some disappointing losses, but at the same time, they had some amazing hard-fought wins, culminating in winning their very first Cup Competition on the last day of the season.

We asked Neil, “Why was EDSB’s sponsorship so important?”, and this is what he had to say:

Neil continues by mentioning his expectations for the upcoming season. Until recently, all the games have been non-publicised with no league tables. However, this season is proving to be more competitive, but with all the hard work done over the last few seasons, it has stood them in good stead. A real positive has been a change in the support the players have been giving each other, on and off the pitch, and it would be great to see this continue as the players start to settle into set roles and positions.

As a coach, Neil wants to provide fun sessions for the kids to learn from and transfer these skills into a matchday situation. The club has its own philosophy which influences how they train and play, while the FA's structured learning programmes allow for a fun but organised learning environment. His expectations for the future are to see visible improvements in all players, but ultimately, it is about them enjoying themselves and making memories.

EDSB wishes Neil and the team every success for the future!

Aireborough RUFC - Open Age First XV

Aireborough have been a local entity for a good number of years with thriving junior and senior setups. The senior teams took a hit during the Covid times with numbers dwindling, leading them to fold as a team in 2021.

In 2022 a huge effort was made to reinvigorate the team and led to them finishing in the top third of the league.  They then had a huge push in the end of season cup that saw them beat local powerhouses, Roundhegians, who sit two leagues above them, before losing out in the semi-final to local rivals Old Otliensians.

EDSB’s very own Engineer Attendance Team Leader, Ben Hague, joined the team at the start of the 2022 season after moving back to the area, but has known of the club since he was a kid and knew it to be a brilliant place to play.

As hooker for the first team, Ben absolutely loves the family feel of the club, everyone being extremely close-knit with plenty of socials and club activities/traditions.

When Ben approached EDSB for support, we were keen to support him and his team with kit sponsorship for the next 3 years.

This season the team are sat top of the table after 6 games with 5 wins and 1 close fought loss. They are already very much in contention for promotion this season having already beaten two of the sides relegated from the league above the team last year. The previous captain had retired at the ripe age of 36 and they are in the new era of club captaincy, with Mikey Dolan who has come up through the club from about 6 years old.

In December 2023, the team delivered a highly successful pantomime adaptation of Sherlock Holmes' "Hound of the Baskervilles," with Ben taking on the role of the Hound. This outstanding performance not only captivated the audience but also generated a substantial amount of funds for the club. The event was attended by two members of the Engineer Attendance team, adding to the overall excitement of the night. Additionally, the team revived past traditions, including the celebration of Family Fun days.

Aireborough club managers, Granville Sellers & Martyn Booth express their appreciation for EDSB’s support in mentioning:

EDSB are proud to support this team and wishes them all the best for the future!

Crossley Juniors - Under 17’s Boys

Crossley Juniors Football Club is located in Halifax and currently boasts a roster of 18 registered players for this season, with an impressive 12 of them having dedicated over a decade to the team. Leading the club is their devoted manager Paul Brearley, while coaching duties are handled by a few including Ben Gilmour, who is one of EDSB’s newly fully qualified Install Engineers. The team competes in Division 4 for this season, but they have ambitious aspirations to swiftly advance to Division 3. Paul comments more on EDSB’s sponsorship and the team:

As the season progresses, it will be thrilling to see how Crossley Juniors fare in Division 4 and whether they can turn their ambitious dreams of Division 3 into a reality. Regardless of the outcome, one thing is certain: the club's commitment to the sport and each other will continue to shine brightly, inspiring not just the players but also the community they represent. Crossley Juniors Football Club is a testament to the enduring spirit of football and the power of a shared goal to bring people together.

EDSB are proud to support this team and wishes them all the best for this season!

Westbury Strikerz Under 16's Boys Team

Westbury Strikerz started in 2014 as a 5-a-side under 7’s team, managed and coached by husband and wife, Julian and Sarah Turnock, with their youngest son playing as the team’s goalkeeper. EDSB’s very own CRM, Paul Ridgley also has a son in the team, who joined in the 2016/17 season. Paul slowly started to show an interest in helping with the team unofficially. In May 2019 Paul and Curtis (Julian and Sarah’s older son) completed their FIFA level 1 and joined the Westbury Strikerz coaching team.

Their focus has always been to give children of varying ability a chance to be part of a team that tries to keep football fun and inclusive. They have always hovered around the middle of the table over the years, but had success as under 11’s when they won a cup.

Paul Ridgley mentions, “We are aiming for a top 3 finish this season in the hopes of being promoted, but our dream is on winning the league. We believe we have a great chance, as our squad is stronger than ever. After a good pre-season and a few new signings, we are looking very good. Hopefully, we will do it in style with our new kits supplied by EDSB.”

“EDSB kindly sponsored Westbury Strikerz in 2021 as they started the under 14’s season, this provided the players with a full home kit and waterproof jackets.

Once again EDSB has agreed to sponsor the team which will provide all the players with a new home kit. This has come at the perfect time as we have new players and the existing players seem to have all shot up during pre-season.

We really appreciate the sponsorship, as grassroots football isn’t funded and all clubs rely on the generosity of companies like EDSB to help provide kit and equipment for their teams. The coaches, players and parents of Westbury Strikerz would all like to thank you for your continued support.”- Julian & Sarah Turnock

As the team gears up for an exciting season ahead, EDSB extend our heartfelt support and best wishes. Go Strikerz!

Proud to support DIY SOS

Back in November 2022 EDSB Compliance Solutions participated in the BBC 1 Children in Need programme DIY SOS in aid of the Getaway Girls based in Leeds. EDSB and their supply chain kindly supplied and installed a compliant fire detection system as well as a state-of-the-art CCTV system for the charity’s brand new building. The programme was a big success and many EDSB employees enjoyed watching our good work.

However, during the following weeks EDSB felt that they could do more. Commercial Director, Mark Solomon and Central Support Manager, Paula Sacares decided to visit the Getaway Girls premises and meet their CEO, Flavia Docherty. It was a bit of a surprise, however, to see that although there had been extremely generous input from Children in Need and all the suppliers, providers and individuals who had given up their time for this project, there were, shall we say, a few loose ends that the charity needed a bit of support on and we really wanted to help.

Proud to support DIY SOS

It was clear that the Getaway Girls required some aid to be able to operate compliantly and to be able to use and have confidence in the fantastic systems they had installed. The first promise EDSB made was to maintain their fire and CCTV systems free of charge. This is not just for now, this is an ongoing pledge for as long the Getaway Girls needs us. EDSB hopes that this gesture will assist the charity in being able to focus on their amazing work to the local community in Leeds.

In addition to this, EDSB has returned to the Getaway Girls premises and provided training so their team can operate both the fire and CCTV systems in confidence. One final gift from EDSB was to supply their premises with fire extinguishers throughout the building, once again to avoid unnecessary costs.

“A massive thank you to Mark and everyone at EDSB for all your support as part of DIY SOS and beyond. Thank you for the donation of equipment, fitting and ongoing support. All the staff from EDSB who installed the Fire Safety and CCTV systems were very professional. We really appreciate your commitment to Getaway Girls as part of our ongoing partnership with EDSB.”

– Getaway Girls CEO, Flavia Docherty

EDSB Compliance Solutions is extremely proud to have supported the Getaway Girls in the original build but also for our after-care service and we wish them every success in their own project.

Westbury Vets on their European Tour

EDSB Compliance Solutions are supporting grassroots football once again this year with many teams wearing the EDSB logo on their shirts and training tops.

However on this occasion we have sponsored the Westbury Veterans, based in Bury with their first ever tour into Europe. EDSB’s very own Technical Surveyor Paul Ridgley, who has been with the business for many years, approached EDSB to sponsor his team for this amazing event and we were excited to support them as they headed to Belgium for 4 games. The event itself is over 30 years old and is based in the town of Riemst, in the province of Limburg. Therefore, when the team were invited to come over and take part in the tournament, there was no hesitation to make their European debut!

The Vets had a hugely successful tournament winning 3 out of their 4 games, only narrowly missing out to an open age French team with many 20 year olds, so no real complaints.

EDSB provided the funding for their travel jerseys which they proudly wore throughout the tour and will also use them this year as they contend in the Cheshire Veterans League.

“Can I just say a massive thank you for the sponsorship, we were one of the main English clubs in the competition that seemed to
put each team to the sword, which is why we ended up facing an open age side in the end, to bring us back down to earth. However to face each team kitted in the hoodies all matching with your company logo on show and then also have them worn at night, showed the unity and professionalism of the team but also the commitment to represent your company with pride day and night. We plan to wear them for the upcoming season where we will be appearing in the Cheshire Veterans League, given the lads prefer them to the original one we have, so we can continue to represent going into the new season. Thank you once again!”
— Westbury Vets Manager, Matthew Sharples

From everyone at EDSB we would like to congratulate the team on having a successful tour and wearing their EDSB tops with pride.

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