Photo Caption: L-R General Manager Geraint Yeo of David Spear Commercials and Philip Jones Business Development Manager at Merthyr Tydfil FC
Leading commercial vehicle supplier David Spear is no stranger to supporting their community, and their latest donation has made one local football club’s ambition to become a fully accessible facility a reality. The Tredegar-based company, whose customer base spans Wales, the West Country and the Midlands, has donated a 17-seater minibus to Merthyr Town F.C. The bus will be used by the club to carry out its work across Merthyr Tydfil as well as help transport groups and individuals to its grounds.
Merthyr Town F.C. runs a significant number of leisure and sports activities, including a football academy for local youngsters and under-14s, under-16s, ladies, disabled, veterans and walking football teams.
“The minibus will be a great asset to the club. It will enable us to develop our work in the community as well as assist us in bringing the community to the club. Transport can be a barrier to effective partnership work, but the generosity of David Spear Commercials has now given us a resource to encourage participation and learning,” said Business Development Manager Philip Jones.
The vehicle sales company was established more than 25 years ago, having started life with just a handful of vehicles, it is now a successful national business offering vans of all sizes, including tippers and 4×4 vehicles. Throughout its history David Spear Commercial Vehicles has taken an active role within the local community to offer its support to a number of initiatives and organisations.
General Manager Geraint Yeo added, “Helping local sports clubs has always been a big part of our culture and we were very impressed by Merthyr Town’s £1.8 million regeneration project and its ambitious plans. Our history in supporting sport within the area is well documented, hence our decision to provide the minibus to Merthyr Town. We are very proud to be involved with this historic club and we look forward to a long and successful working relationship.”
Organisations set to use the minibus range from the academy teams to Merthyr Tydfil Cricket Club and Merthyr Town Community Project, which has joined forces with the Welsh Football Trust and Active Merthyr team to offer free, fun football sessions to 15 primary schools among other initiatives.
“Over £2 million was awarded to the Penydarren Park redevelopment project from the Welsh Government’s Viable and Vibrant Places (VVP) Programme, managed in Merthyr Tydfil by the County Borough Council. As well as an extension to the clubhouse to build the function hall/banqueting suite to accommodate 100 to 120 people, there is a new sports bar, commercial kitchen, four hospitality boxes, fully refurbished dressing rooms, an IT suite, offices, free Wi-Fi throughout the stadium, increased parking and an improved entrance with new turnstiles,” concluded Geraint.