Local care provider Side by Side Care have proved that staff are not scared of spiders by stepping in with vital funding to kit out a Crewe youth football team.
The Cheshire Blades Spiders, who play in the U14 South Cheshire Youth League, received an early-season boost with the much-needed sponsorship package.
The Spiders play home fixtures on the pitches behind the Peacock pub, a short distance from Side by Side Care offices at the Wistaston House Business Centre.
The care firm offers night and day respite, domestic help, live-in cover and domiciliary care.
The sponsorship came about when Care by Care manager Jessica Spender took a break from the offices.
She said: “I noticed the team training one evening and know several friends who have found it hard keeping youth teams going because of the costs involved.
“Side by Side Care offers services to local people in the Nantwich, Wistaston and Crewe communities, so it’s right that we help out with something that encourages young people to be fit and healthy.”
A team spokesman said: “We have had a tough start in the league this year, so the last thing you need is to have to worry about covering the team expenses.
“The pitches are costly to maintain; the referees must be paid and as the lads are always growing you need to replace the kit each season.
“So it’s great to be involved with a local business that has taken a genuine interest in the Spiders.”