Europe’s largest used car showroom, Trade Centre UK, has put smiles on faces of young sports players at Henley Green primary school in Coventry by upgrading their sports kits.

Trade Centre UK, which opened its doors to its Coventry showroom in May 2018, has been looking for local community projects to support and so when the primary school got in touch, it decided to donate 20 T-shirts and fluorescent vests and five hoodies for the school Sports Leaders.

The school had been using previous sports tops for many years which had become well-worn and discoloured.

Benefits of supporting local sports teams

PE lead at the school, Mike Blakeman, said: “We have a great physical education programme here at Henley - we introduce the children to rugby, football, netball as well as other athletic activities. The children really enjoy their PE sessions but were a little embarrassed of our ‘well-worn’ tops when visiting other schools. The tops were looking slightly grey rather than the vibrant green they should be.

“We got in touch with Trade Centre UK, a large company that had recently opened up in the area, to see if there were any ways in which they could support us. With budgets being cut we must think outside the box when it comes to sourcing equipment and kit and thankfully, they were more than happy to help.

“You should have seen their faces when we presented them with the tops, they were so happy to put them on and play. They now feel proud of their school which has also resulted in an improvement in their performance, so we’d love to say a huge thank you to the whole team at Trade Centre UK.” 


 Importance of grassroots sport

Andy Coulthurst, CEO of The Trade Centre UK, said: “We think that sport is just as important as the academic aspect of school as it improves physical and mental health. We’re settling into the community after a great few months of trade and we’re so fortunate to be able to give back to the local community. We hope the children enjoy wearing their new tops for years to come.”