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A local football team with an illustrious history will be looking their best in brand new tracksuits thanks to a sponsorship from an award-winning building company.

Chirk AAA, one of Wales’s oldest football clubs and founder members of the Football Association of Wales, have been given over 50 brand new tracksuits by Anwyl Construction.

The Rhyl-based company have been busy on a number of contracts in Chirk and decided to repay the local community with backing for the football club, the Triple As – Chirk Amateur Athletic Association.

Chirk, one of the powerhouses of late 19th century Welsh football, are five times winners of the Welsh Cup and gave the great Billy Meredith – the Gareth Bale of his day and a local miner – his start in the game. He went on to win 48 Welsh caps and played over 600 times for the two Manchester giants, City and United.

Anwyl are currently engaged on a major contract to build a £4 million 56-bed dementia centre at Chirk for the Pennaf Housing Group, have also recently built a new state of the art £2.4 million medical centre for the town and a £710,000 training centre at the Kronospan factory.

Steve McCormick, quantity surveyor with Anwyl Construction, said: “We always like to put something back into the local community and we have been very busy in Chirk recently.

“The football club have also been very helpful, allowing us to use some of their car parking spaces during the day when we are working on the Chirk Court project for Pennaf.

“That’s why we have decided to award them sponsorship for their co-operation, and because we have a keen interest as a company in local sport and have supported a number of sports clubs over the years.

“Health and fitness is important for everyone and it’s great to encourage people of all ages to have a go and it’s also important to develop local talent and help Chirk produce another Billy Meredith.”

Colin Heyward, club secretary of Chirk AAA who are riding high near the top of the Welsh National League Premier Division, said: “Anwyl have been very, very kind and we’re very grateful for the tracksuits which mean that all our players will look very well turned out ahead of games.

“We’re very much a locally-based club and run two senior sides and five teams in the Wrexham Youth League.

“Our senior side had a bit of a slow start to the season because of injuries but we’re picking up now and the Reserves are fourth in their league as well.”

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