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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 (3063495)
Law firm to fund Men-Aces star's Euro adventure
by Henry James

A TEAM of legal eagles are once again offering financial support to the town's disability football team, the Skem Men-Aces.

Local solicitors Scott Rees and Co, who have sponsored the team for the past two years, have pledged to fund Men-aces team member Martin Makin who has been selected to represent Great Britain in the Mencap European Football Tournament to be held in Geneva in May.

Martin was chosen for the GB squad after attending trials in Yorkshire along with five teammates.

To fund his trip though the 28-year-old was required to raise £300 in sponsorship, plus a further £150 to attend a team training meeting in Swansea a week before the scheduled departure for Switzerland.

Now Scott Rees and Co have stepped in cover Martin's costs and will also sponsor him throughout the tournament.

Partner at the firm and keen football fan, Chris Walker, praised Martin's achievement along with that of the team in general.

He said: “Ever since the Skem Men-Aces first approached regarding playing against us in a friendly fixture, we've enjoyed a fantastic relationship with them.

”Whether it's their performances on the pitch or the generous charity work they consistently do away from football, they are seen in a positive light. The Skem Men-aces are something for Skelmersdale and the North West to be proud of.

“Martin's achievement is testament to the standard of football that the Men-Aces are playing and the training they receive on a weekly basis by the committed volunteers who give up their own time to run the team.

”We're delighted to be supporting Martin for the European championships and we will be keen followers of the Great Britain Mencap team as they compete in the tournament.

“A special mention should also go to the five other players who made it through to the final trials in Yorkshire and of course we wish Martin the best of luck come May.”

Skem Men-Aces manager, Carl Eaton, thanked Scott Rees and Co for their continuous support and added: “As a club, we're hugely proud of Martin and we hope that he thoroughly enjoys the experience of playing in Geneva at such a big tournament. He has worked extremely hard throughout the trials to achieve the success he has and fully deserves to enjoy the moment.

”As for our friends at Scott Rees and Co, I would just like to thank them once again for their ongoing support for the team. Support such as theirs allows us to continue to run such a popular and successful team and to continue improving and developing as a club.“

Martin will now attend a meet-and-greet training session at the beginning of May before he and the rest of the Great Britain squad make the trip to Geneva for the championships itself starting on Thursday, May 21.


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