A generous donation from car dealers Blade SsangYong is helping to bring the joy of football to young people in Cheltenham and Gloucester. Onside, the county’s football in the community project, is now the proud owner of a brand new SsangYoung Rodius.

The new Rodius: with (l to r) Andy Pitchford from the University of Gloucestershire; Dave Phillips, Chairman of Gloucester City; Jim Hart, Onside Officer; Tom Webb and Tim Harris from Gloucester City; and Gloucester MP Parmjit Dhanda.Onside delivers football schemes to deprived neighbourhoods in the county through coaching, events, club development and community development projects. The Rodius will help to transport coaches, equipment and the project’s lead officer, Jim Hart, to a wide range of venues in the locality.

“It’s a major boost to the project,” said Jim, who has managed Onside for the past 18 months. “It’s a really practical and user-friendly vehicle, and it’s really helping the profile of our work. We’re incredibly grateful to Blade for their generous support. In these difficult times it’s great to know that local businesses are prepared to get behind our work.”

SsangYong are also the sponsors of promotion-chasing Gloucester City, who are a major partner in the Onside project along with Cheltenham Town, the Gloucestershire FA and both local authorities.

Source: University of Gloucestershire