HUDDERSFIELD YMCA have taken some ‘global’ strides off the field this season, with the capture of a trio of major sponsors.
The world famous Nike brand are providing clothing sponsorship for both the first and second teams, while town-centre opticians Specsavers are sponsoring the first team and Trojan Plastics the second team.
Nike, of course, are famous for sponsoring international sports teams, and probably most famously golfer Tiger Woods, with the link coming through former first-team player Geoff Stier, who is now the UK marketing manager for the universally famous brand.
Specsavers opticians, who have a major store on Market Street in Huddersfield, have agreed a 12-month sponsorship deal through owner Richard Hurdley who said: “We are delighted to be connected to a popular club like the YMCA.
“I know the first team had a difficult time last season, but I think they are now a club on the up and we are very pleased to help put something back into the community.”
The link with Specsavers came via Mr Hurdley’s friendship with YMCA’s new head coach Jamie Marsden, who was equally delighted to have wrapped up a deal with the company.
“It is a major sponsorship deal as far as the club are concerned and it’s particularly good for the club to be attached to such a big franchise as Specsavers,” he said.
“I believe this deal shows we are very serious about changing the YMCA’s fortunes, and it is the first step on the road to becoming a major force in the Yorkshire League structure again.
“It is also one of several deals with sponsors which we hope will take this club forward.”
The third member of the sponsoring triumvirate, Trojan Plastics, are based at Milnsbridge and are the biggest manufacturers of baths and shower fittings in the world.
They are just one of the companies which come under the umbrella of Harford Holdings, for whom the chief executive is Maurice Mosley, the new president of Huddersfield YMCA.
“It is the first time we’ve ever had sponsorship for the Seconds which has enabled us to provide exactly the same top quality clothing for both teams,” admitted Gary Haigh, who has returned to the position of chairman at the club.
“The generosity of all our sponsors has meant there are also spin-offs for our lower teams, which can only be good news for the club as a whole.”