Six-a-side footballers in Aylesbury will have even greater choice in the coming months after the Ducks signed a unique deal last week.
Aylesbury United completed the purchase of the Leisure Leagues franchise for the area and will now be operating the six-a-side football leagues under the Leisure Leagues brand. Both parties said they were delighted with the move, which Leisure Leagues business development manager Andy Taylor described as the ‘whole reason why the company offers franchises in the first place’.
“We are very pleased to welcome Aylesbury United on board and are certain that they will do a fantastic job – taking the superb base we have already in the area and expanding it,” he said.
Leisure Leagues run on Sunday and Monday evenings throughout the year but the Ducks have announced plans to offer a Thursday evening, two division competition which will see another 16 teams take part. Ducks chairman Graham Read said it was another income stream, money from which would be ‘ploughed back into the club’.
“This is only the start,” he said.
“We hope to run a veterans (over 40s), ladies and disability leagues in the very near future.
“On the financial side better still, another income stream, with all profits from this venture being ploughed back into the club, which is only a good thing for our future plans to return to Aylesbury, and of course our playing budget.”
Players in the league will be able to follow their team’s progress on the website or with free weekly emails, as well as receiving trophies and champagne for the top two teams – and with all equipment provided, all they will need to do is turn up, pay and play.
Taylor added that this sort of rapid development could only be of benefit to the footballers in the town.
He said: “Here we can already see the idea in practice working exactly as it should. Aylesbury United are perfect for developing community-based football, you only need look at their website to see how many junior teams they operate and just what a prominent role they play in peoples lives in the town, this ability will only extend after the deal that has now been done.”
For more information on the leagues –including the brand new Thursday competition – log on to the website or call Ken on 07432 555635.