Robins seal academy sponsorship

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Ilkeston FC have agreed a deal for Choice Vehicles Solutions to be their Academy sponsors for the next two years.

A key part of the deal is that the Derby-based van and minibus hire company will provide them with a fully branded minibus to transport the team to away matches and to training when they are working away from the New Manor Ground.

Lee Whittaker, the company’s operations director, said: “We get a lot of trade from Ilkeston and Heanor and as a keen football follower, I appreciate how important a football club can be to the local community.

“As we have an existing relationship with SR Education, we were aware of their work in bringing football back to Ilkeston and were keen to help. We discussed options and this deal will not only benefit the club, but also create a lot of exposure for us.”

The company caters for all commercial vehicle needs, offering vans, minibuses and wheelchair-accessible buses for hire or purchase, and Mr Whittaker added: “This is our first corporate sponsorship and we are hopeful it will help raise our profile in the area.”

Ilkeston FC chairman Dave Mantle said: “SR Education has been using minibuses hired from Choice Vehicles Solutions for its educational requirements for the past 12 months or so, and we were delighted when Lee approached us about sponsoring the Academy.

“It’s fantastic to see local companies lending their support to the football club and we are very keen to further extend our links with the community.”