Lee Westwood rescues his hometown soccer club

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The logo of Lee Westwood's golf school will festoon the front of Worksop Town FC's soccer jerseys this season.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 | 6:07 p.m.
A lot of us Americans are into the World Cup this summer. Or at least we were …
 
Most of us, however, are amateurs compared to true soccer aficionados like Lee Westwood. The former world No. 1 was so distressed to hear that Worksop Town FC, his hometown club back in England, was having money troubles this summer that he came to the rescue.
 
So, when the new season begins on July 15, the team will sport the Lee Westwood Golf School logo on the front of its jerseys.
 
"Worksop will always be my home, people will always associate me with my home town and I'm proud of my roots," Westwood told The Worksop Guardian. "Worksop Town are the world's fourth oldest club, and their history and position in the heart of the community should be safeguarded."
 
The future of the semi-pro team – which will play in the Premier Division of the Northern Counties East Football League this year – was uncertain after owner Jason Clark said that he was walking away earlier this summer. A group of fans, called the Team 500 Club, began a fundraising drive, and the newspaper contacted Westwood – who is by far Worksop's most famous son – about the possibility of sponsoring the jerseys.
 
"It's fantastic news for the fans, and Worksop in general, to see such a high-profile sportsman" backing the team, said Kev Keep, chairman of the Worksop Town Supporters Trust. 
 
The Lee Westwood Golf School, by the way, operates educational centers in Cheshire and Essex, and Westwood's desire was that his budding teenaged golfers also received a well-rounded education.
 
"Lee plays an active role in the schools. The students got to meet him at Wentworth this year and he speaks to them on Skype," said Dainty. "The students get a good education and that’s important to Lee."
 
And, by the way, Worksop Town's nickname is the Tigers. Maybe Westwood can hit Tiger Woods up for a little contribution to the cause!