Supporting and promoting local teams is something MIUS have enjoyed over the years with Upton St Leonards’ Cricket Club. This year, for the first time they have also backed Upton St Leonards AFC. This is how they got on in their first year under MIUS sponsorship.
Upton St Leonards went into the 18/19 season on the back of two promotions. However, Gloucestershire Northern Senior Division 1 was a new level and one the club had reached for the first time in its history. After a rough start of 4 losses on the bounce, Upton started to find their feet and the goals. As the season went on Upton grew and were looking extremely dangerous. This form began to dip towards the end of the season with injuries taking their toll on the squad. USL went on to finish 8th in the table with high hopes for the next campaign.
Two of MIUS' very own were integral to Upton’s season and also their past achievements. Midfielder Lewis Newell, from the MIUS sales team was in his 6th season with the club. Lewis was promoted to 1st team captain and went on to score 13 goals.
Business Development Manager, Ashley Bick was another key member of the Upton Squad. Playing across the midfield he ended the season on hot form, scoring 6 in 6 from the wing! This took his season total to 8. Unfortunately, this is to be Ashley’s last season at the club after 10 years’ service.
MIUS' Sponsorship has also been beneficial to the Upton St Leonards Youth Team. The U14 finished runners up in their league, losing only 2 games all season!