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NGK’s helping football charity to reach its goal

Ignition and sensor specialist NGK is sponsoring a charity that supplies football kits to young players in some of the World’s developing countries.

The Hemel Hempstead-based company is supporting KitAid which has been supplying overseas’ youngsters with kits for nearly 25 years.

NGK donated a pristine past kit, which sported the logo of customer PITSTOP Autofactors of Mildenhall, and also donated £200 to KitAid which was formed in 1998 by Derrick Williams, MBE, who set up the charity following a trip to Tanzania when children asked if he could provide a proper football kit.

One box of kit from friends was sent to a village and the response was so good it was decided to continue KitAid with more than 870,000 items since being sent to projects across Africa, South America, Asia and Eastern Europe.

Derrick Williams, MBE, said: “We are very grateful for the tremendous support received from NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd and we would like to thank them for their donation of a full team kit as well as £200 to support our work.

“This will help us to achieve our target of donating one million items of kit across the developing world since 1998. Thank you NGK.”

All types of kit are welcome, not just from Premier League teams, as well as boots, rain jackets and even goal posts.

Stuart Bayne, National Field Sales Manager for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “We last wore the kit at a football competition hosted by West Ham United and it is currently on its way to Tanzania by sea.

“Football is the World’s most popular sport and we are delighted to help what is a fantastic charity that helps youngsters around the World enjoy their favourite pastime and hopefully helps fulfil their dreams.”

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Notes to Editors


Worldwide: NGK SPARK PLUG is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. For the Aftermarket, its product portfolio comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand. Under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics the company offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. With around 16,400 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.7 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales represent 32% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 60 group companies, 35 production plants, five Technical Centres and three Venture Labs.


Aftermarket EMEA: NGK SPARK PLUG has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK SPARK PLUG’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region the company has six regional companies and more than 1,000 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a Technical Centre in Germany.


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