Grantham Town FC officially announced their new main sponsor for the 2013/14 season at The Meres stadium on Thursday.
The Gingerbreads have teamed up with Gonerby Moor-based Northgate Vehicle Hire who specialise in commercial vehicle hire for businesses and private individuals. The company will initally support the club for 12 months with the option to extend their sponsorship.
Grantham Town commercial manager Steve Cardy said negotiations have been ongoing for the past few weeks. He said Northgate’s enthusiasm and commitment to the Gingerbreads have been “fantastic” and the club was thrilled to have them on board for the season.
Steve said: “We have discussed with them what’s happening at the club, from our kids’ soccer programmes, through the youth football setup, to the first team and the new squad for the season. Also the foundations we are building behind the football to support the teams, with the MCS Centre and the work we are doing with local businesses and our charity and community work within Grantham.
“I have said before that we really want to grow the club and our support in Grantham. Northgate have seen all this, listened and decided that they want to be a part of it, and we are delighted with that decision.”
Grantham Town chairman Pete Railton was also full of praise for the club’s new sponsors, saying they had been a pleasure to work with and he looked forward to the new season with Northgate on board.
Mr Railton said: “Northgate have been fantastic. The team at the Grantham office couldn’t have been nicer or more professional.”
Northgate Vehicle Hire branch manager Tracey Sentence noted the similarity in Grantham Town and her company’s aspirations and focus on success, and said she hoped together they could help each other.
Tracey said: “Northgate has been in Grantham for many years and with the football club really playing a key role at the heart of the community, this immediately felt like a really great opportunity.
“We are really focusing on growing our business in Grantham and building strong relationships with businesses and the wider community.”
Club chairman Mr Railton added: “The feeling around the club at the moment is absolutely fantastic, everything is coming together and the season is shaping up to potentially be a really good one for the club. A lot of that is down to the support Northgate have given us.”