Bristol Rovers have come up with a way to tackle the credit crunch and give local businesses a fantastic opportunity to get involved with the club.
The club has decided to hold a special sponsorship draw in which local businesses can buy a draw ticket for £1,000 and win the opportunity to see their company’s name on the blue and white quarters next season.
Second and third prizes are equally impressive with the opportunity available to get your company’s name on the Rovers 09/10 away shirt and a perimeter advertising board respectively.
The club is also offering everyone who enters a fantastic hospitality package worth £700 – which includes a meal for 10 people and a stadium tour, a chance to have your photograph taken with the squad and a Bristol Rovers signed football.
The League 1 side have been looking for a new sponsor since Cowlin Construction decided not to renew their deal back in March. Since then they have had talks with a number of companies, but after failing to close a suitable deal, they came up with this creative idea.' And with the draw capped to a maximum of 100 tickets, Rovers hope this idea will hope to get local business involved with the club.
Elsewhere, Burnley FC have unveiled their new Errea home and away kits for the 2009/10 season.
The kits have been designed to replicate those worn by the Clarets when they were last crowned champions of English football in 1960.
The traditional V-neck claret and blue home jersey features the 50th anniversary logo, is embroidered with the club crest worn in that era and emblazoned with the new shirt sponsor, Cooke Oils.
Kit sponsors Errea have kindly allowed their branding to be moved from the right breast to the sleeve, giving the jersey a more vintage appearance. The jersey is finished with claret and blue trim on the neck and sleeves and accompanied by plain white shorts and claret and blue hooped stockings identical to those worn by Jimmy Adamson’s men when they won the First Division title.
The away jersey is again in keeping with the 1960 team, featuring a white shirt with claret and blue trim on the V-neck and sleeves. This time, Errea’s branding is present on the front of the shirt, along with the same club crest and sponsor’s logo. The away jersey is accompanied by black shorts and white stockings with claret and blue trim.
And in other news, having secured their Premier League safety, Stoke City have unveiled their brand new 2009/10 away kit made by Le coq sportif. The all black affair, enhanced by touches of red, will hit the shelves on Thursday 21st May at 9.00am.
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By James Bailey