Ambitious Hemel Stags announce 2016 club sponsors

Hemel Stags, second from right, are raring to go for the start of the 2016 League 1 season

Hemel Stags, second from right, are raring to go for the start of the 2016 League 1 season

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Hemel Stags have announced their portfolio of kit sponsors for the 2016 season as they look to kick on following a challenging 2015 campaign.

Underwoods Solicitors – with offices in Hemel Hempstead and Cape Town – continue as main shirt sponsor. They also sponsor Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club and owner Kerry Underwood is a great supporter of local sport in Dacorum.

> The club’s main associate sponsor is Suffolk brewers Greene King who become exclusive suppliers to Hemel Stags, replacing five previous different suppliers. Greene King sales development manager Tom Ellis said: “We are proud to be forming a commercial partnership with Hemel Stags which includes support for their National League 1 team.

“The Pennine Way Sports Ground is a busy mix of rugby league, football, darts and private functions and is therefore a perfect fit for the Greene King portfolio of products.”

> Essex-based Vendadrink – also a sponsor at St Helens RFC – join the Stags in a reciprocal partnership. No sooner had the sponsorship deal been agreed than the Stags were able to offer an immediate return.

Stags general manager Samantha Allum explains that “our old hot drinks machine was far too slow for a busy Pennine Way, having dispensed more than 50,000 hot drinks, and Vendadrink provided the perfect solution.

“Their high speed Matrix machine – which can dispense nine different quality hot drinks – paid for itself in a single day when we staged our annual 5-a-side Christmas football tournament on the Pennine Way 3G pitch. The machine is sure to be a queue-buster on League 1 match days!”

> Mark Sullivan, owner of Kensington Balustrade Systems, is also on board for the 2016 campaign. He was introduced to the club by his son Louis who plays for the Stags U15s and immediately became a fan and supporter of the sport and the club.

> Newlyns – an independent company with offices in London, Northampton and the north – have been trading since 1999 and are keen supporters of rugby league, particularly in the South of England.

> Lanes Coaches have supplied the Stags’ transport requirements for the past three seasons; owner/driver Graham Lane takes a keen interest in the sport and acts as official Hemel time-keeper at away matches.

> Shaun Douse, a director of SGD Surveys and a former Hemel junior, academy and senior player, continues with his support of his local club.

> Continuing as the club’s official kit supplier, Raging Bull’s online club shop offers a first class service to Stags supporters.

> While the Kingstone Press logo appears on all pro clubs’ shirts, Hemel Stags are the only club in the south who can offer their draught and bottled product 52 weeks a year. This is reflected in the amount of generic and bespoke branding at the Stags’ Pennine Way ground.

Stags CEO Bob Brown said: “After the disappointments of 2015, coaches Troy Perkins and Colin Baker – assisted by community manager Mike Stewart – have done a great job in assembling an exciting playing squad for 2016, containing an intriguing mixture of youth and experience.

“We’re truly grateful for the support of our team of sponsors who I’m sure will enjoy the coming season.”

While kit sponsorship is now complete for the Stags League 1 team, player and match sponsorship is still available, as well as perimeter advertising opportunities at reasonable rates.