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27 February 2009 12:00 GMT / Scania in the United Kingdom
England Coach gives local football team a lift!
Local soccer squad Kirkby Stephen Girls Under 12s will travel in style this coming Sunday (1 March, kick-off: 10:00am) when they will be transported to their away match at the Jubilee Fields ground in Kendal to face South Lakes Girls' League opponents Ibis U12's Junior Girls in no lesser vehicle than the official England football team coach.
The girls have been awarded the use of this prestigious vehicle for the day following Stobart Group employee Charles Bowman of Carlisle's win in a national competition organised by Stobart Group and Scania, the coach's manufacturer.
The competition, which was open to all Stobart Group employees, involved selecting an all-time Legends XI football team. As one of ten winners nationwide, Charles Bowman was invited to nominate any local youth soccer team (up to Under 14s) as the recipient of the main prize – the use of the England team coach, which is operated by Battersea-based Guideline Coaches London Limited, for a day.
Additionally, each member of the nominated team will receive a specially-commissioned kit, training top, kit bag and water bottle while their manager is rewarded with a weatherproof coat. The opponents will also receive training tops and water bottles as a memento of the day. As an added incentive for the Kirkby Stephens players, England team coach driver Joe Noctor will nominate and present a commemorative Stobart Scania 'Man of the Match' trophy.
"We had an overwhelming response to this competition which undoubtedly captured the imagination of would-be selectors and armchair managers from Land's End to John O'Groats," says Chris Love, Brand and Communications Manager for Scania (Great Britain) Limited. "Remarkably, despite the names of a huge variety of soccer stars past and present being put forward, there was one common factor in each winning entry: everyone wanted Pelé as a member of their squad!"
Charles Bowman's Legends XI team:
Strikers: Pelé, Diego Maradona
Midfielders: Johan Cruyff, Zinadine Zidane, Roy Keane, George Best
Defenders: Paolo Maldini, Bobby Moore, Franz Beckenbauer, Cafu
Goalkeeper: Peter Schmeichel
Stobart Group and Scania
As two major names on the UK transport scene, Stobart Group and Scania have a long-established professional relationship stretching back to the late 1980s. Most recently, over the past two years Stobart Group has introduced almost 1,000 Scania trucks into its UK fleet.