AMBITIOUS junior football club Kilwinning Rangers have secured backing from a leading Ayrshire hi-tech firm as they aim to move up to the next level in the game.

The club are aiming to secure their SFA license criteria which could help them play in a proposed breakaway league.

Microtech Group Ltd confirmed the news in a statement today.

It read: "We are delighted to announce our partnership withKilwinning Rangers FC to sponsor their park developments relating to the SFA license criteria, including flood lights and disabled facilities.

"After attending the clubs sponsor day at the beginning of the season, our MD Chris gained an insight into the clubs vision and the huge positive impact it has on its youth players, members and fans.
We're looking forward to working with the club to develop our partnership further over the coming months."

Buffs chairman Colin Boyd said: "It's a great boost for us. Chris McMail (the Group Managing Director) is from North Ayrshire and lives in West Kilbride so it's good to have backing in the community.

"The sponsorship came through Kilwinning Business Club, which was set up by our committee.

"Microtech will be working with us on helping fund floodlights, which we hope to have in place for next season. It's important to have support form local businesses.

"We always welcome support from local businesses and are having a sponsors' day at Blacklands Bowling Club, which will start at noon and after the game against Beith we will go back again.

"The aim is to make sure we get our SFA licence which will help the club move up to the next level."