A Supporting Hand to a Local Football Club
We’re delighted to announce we will become the official club sponsors of Vanarama National League Side, Eastleigh FC - in a bid to support talent in our local area.
Announced today, we are pleased to be entering a three-year sponsorship deal with a local football club, which will come into effect on the 1st June 2016.
Nick-named ‘The Spitfires’ due to their location near Southampton International Airport where the Supermarine Type F37/34 Spitfires were assembled during the Second World War, Eastleigh FC are currently forth in the league with their eye on promotion to the ‘Football League’. With the Silverlake Stadium, the club are doing well with a growing fan-base and reputation.
Our CEO, Bill Bullen, says: “Eastleigh’s remarkable story mirrors our own; we are both proud of our Hampshire roots, but after a period of outstanding growth we are making big waves nationally.
We have heard the Board’s long-term plans for Eastleigh FC and we couldn’t fail to be impressed. The ambition at the club is infectious – many of our staff are Eastleigh fans and residents, so we already know about their success.
To watch Eastleigh make such a huge impact in just a few short years reminds us of why we love football so much – it’s a terrific story so far and we hope our investment and support can help the club reach its next target of ‘League Two’ football.”
This is not our first foray into footaball, having partnered last year with the Scottish Professional Football League to become Presenting Partner of the Scottish League Cup for the coming season.
Eastleigh FC CEO, Mark Jewell, says: “We are thrilled to have a major national company like Utilita Energy come on board and show such faith in us. We have come a long way in a short space of time - it speaks volumes that we can attract a company of Utilita Energy’s standing.
There are many similarities between us and we have been blown away by their enthusiasm and ideas. This will not merely be another shirt sponsorship deal – Utilita Energy is keen to get involved with all aspects of growing the club and we could not be happier.”
Along with other community initiatives, we are delighted to be able to help local and national communities and look forward to Eastleigh FC’s success in the coming season.
This weekend, as the last non-league club remaining in the competition, Eastleigh FC will be hoping to cause a classic FA Cup upset as they play Championship side Bolton Wanderers in the 'Third Round', and we wish them the best of luck.