When Voyonic started sponsoring the Guernsey FC Youth Zone at the start of last season, they were still going by their former name of CESG. As well as free tickets and discount coupons, every child attending the Youth Zone last season received a CESG-branded Guernsey FC water bottle.

This season, as we’re sure you’ve seen, the Youth Zone’s sponsorship has been taken over by Aspire, a member of the Voyonic group of companies, and as a result, a fresh new extra gift has now been devised, in the form of an exclusive poster. Voyonic, like Guernsey FC, are keen to be seen to be green, and offered to allow the club to donate the remaining stock of CESG-branded water bottles to a charity.

Guernsey FC decided upon Goal50, a charity that supports a South African soccer school, which is based in an area where drug and gang problems are rife. As well as providing football facilities, Goal50 supports the local community with feeding programmes, job schemes and help with drug rehabilitation. In the past Guernsey FC have sent gifts of footballs, kit and boots over to South Africa, and as a result The Green Lions now have quite a number of fans over there!

Nigel Pascoe was delighted to hear of this gesture of practical support from Voyonic and Guernsey FC and was keen to tell us just how much the water bottles would be appreciated by their new recipients. “Goal50 will make good use of these 300 water bottles which will be taken to South Africa in November,” he explained. “On each of our trips, we take footballs, boots and shirts to the township people. The children love playing football but most play in bare feet.

“The supply of water in the township settlements is very limited. On one previous trip, we held a football competition in Langa township. There was only one water pipe serving 600 people. The GFC water bottles will be greatly appreciated by the African people.”

Mr Pascoe is currently in South Africa and we look forward to hearing from him on his return.