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Swindon funeral directors back CofE footballers

Pearce Funeral Services have announced that they are the main sponsor of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s men’s football team for 2020.

Pearce Funeral Services is an independent, family-run funeral directors, providing a truly personal service for the people of Swindon, and all surrounding areas.

The Church of England football team are scheduled to play in the National Christian Football Festival which takes place in Wales in July 2020. 

John Pearce, managing director of Pearce Funeral Services, said, “We’re delighted to be sponsoring such an amazing activity. Sport brings people together. The church is something that we as a business, and myself personally, hold very dear to our hearts.

“With 10 million people playing sports in 150,000 sports clubs every week, this is a fantastic opportunity for the Church of England to reach out to young people.”

The team has been invited to play against the Swiss Guards and Vatican National Team in Rome in 2020. Additionally, they’ve been invited to join a Lutheran conference in Frankfurt in May 2021 where 120,000 people gather. They will take part in football tournaments throughout that week.

The Revd Pouya Heidari, Curate in the Church of England Diocese of Durham and captain of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s men’s team, said, “We’re thrilled to have Pearce Funeral Services sponsor the men’s team. It will go a long way to providing the team with a kit and will also go towards the travel expenses.”

Up until their matches in Wales and Europe, the team is due to play in friendlies and tournaments in and around the UK. They’ll compete against teams from different faiths, groups, religious communities and secular clubs, not just Christian teams, some of which are even semi-professional and professional. 

Pouya said, “Everyone involved is hugely passionate about football and we’re very excited to see how it can be used for outreach into their various communities”.

The team’s coach is Maurice Hepworth who played for Sunderland from 1969 – 1976. He was part of the FA Cup-winning squad in 1973 before injury cut his playing career in the UK short.

All sponsorships received goes towards subsidising training camps, contribution towards airline tickets, accommodation and food for the games in & outside the UK.


Team captain Rev Pouya Heidari with coach and ex-Sunderland player Maurice Hepworth

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