Walsall supporters have kicked off the new season in style by teaming up with the West Brom to generate a special bonus payment of almost £11,000 for their club.
The Sky Bet League 1 outfit have secured £10,822 from the annual proceeds of the Saddlers Super Saver affinity account, an exclusive savings product which is only available to supporters of Walsall.
The money will be used by the club to support its youth development programme, identifying and nurturing potential footballing stars of tomorrow.
Defensive duo Rico Henry and Paul Downing were on hand to receive the cheque at a special presentation staged at the Walsall branch of the West Brom on Bridge Street. The pair also held a meet and greet with customers and Saddlers fans, including 15-year-old Rebecca Clew from West Bromwich (pictured below).
Stefan Gamble, Chief Executive of Walsall FC, said: “We pass on our heartfelt thanks to the West Brom for their continued support through the Saddlers Super Saver affinity account.
“It’s a fantastic scheme which benefits both Walsall fans and the club and the money donated by the West Brom will make a huge difference.
“It allows us to offer the best youth programme possible and that is a crucial for any club.”
Lorraine Standring, Manager of West Brom’s Walsall branch, said: “Having Rico and Paul in the branch created a great buzz for both staff and our customers and as a building society we are proud to make this donation.
“The Saddlers Super Saver is a win-win situation for fans – they can save money for themselves and help their club at the same time. We make an annual bonus payment to the Saddlers based on the total amount saved across all accounts, so the more fans save the more the club receives.
“It’s fantastic to be able to help Walsall FC each year as we all know how important a role the football club can play in the community.”
Click here to see a video of Rico Henry and Paul Downing in action during their visit to the West Brom’s Walsall branch.