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Maidstone United Raiders

Stones style for the Raiders

Maidstone United Raiders showed off their new training kit ahead of Saturday’s 4-1 win against St Albans City.

Players from the club’s award-winning PAN disability section did a lap around the pitch to thank Gallagher Group, Gullands Solicitors, Europa Sports and Stones Community Trust, who have sponsored the new clothing.

The previous training kit had seen the Raiders through six seasons but thanks to that sponsorship and fundraising by the Raiders, which included quiz nights in the Spitfire Lounge, the players can now train and arrive for games in all-new Stones style.

Head of disability football Lorraine Humm said: “A massive thank you to Gallagher Group, Gullands and Stones Community Trust. Thanks also to Stones fans who supported our recent fundraisers, which contributed our share towards the project.

“The players appreciate having new Maidstone United kit. It really makes them feel part of the club, which boasts their confidence and puts a smile on their faces.”

Gallagher Group director Stephen Gallagher said: “The diverse and inclusive nature of the club is something we as a company really support. It’s so much more than the first team and the Raiders really embodies that. We’re pleased to mark our recent stadium naming rights renewal with this additional sponsorship and wish all involved a successful season.”

Gullands chairman Blair Gulland said: “We are proud to be at the heart of the local community and proud to be associated with the town’s football club. Maidstone United Raiders is a fantastic set-up and we’re delighted to support the hard work of Lorraine, her coaches and all the players.”

The Macron training kit was supplied by Europa Sports & Awards – the club’s principal kit and clothing partner.

Maidstone United Raiders are a self-funding section of the club, providing football for around 120 child and adult players with mental or physical health needs. If you’d like to support financially or with volunteer time, please contact Lorraine by email.

The Raiders train at the Gallagher Stadium on Saturday mornings and play matches in the Kent Disability League at venues in Gillingham and Sittingbourne.