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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Major sponsorship boost for Workington Town new season

Workington Town have announced a major new three-year sponsorship with Nuclear Engineering Services.

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DEAL DONE: Back from left, Town’s community manager Marnie Jackson, players and devel-opment officers Jarred Stack and Brett Carter with, front from left, Town chairman Dave Bowden, NES director George Andrews and Town director Tony Boyd

Chairman Dave Bowden described the deal as a massive boost to everyone connected with the Derwent Park club.

The additional funding secured through the deal, which runs until 2015, will be pumped directly into Town’s community programmes.

Town chief Bowden hailed the work that community marketing manager Marnie Jackson and her team already carry out, and said: “This is a significant sponsorship deal and the stability of a longer term arrangement enables us to plan ahead.

“There is no doubt our continued investment and success in delivering health-based programmes in our area was an important factor in an improved deal.

“We were able to demonstrate we could reflect the desire of NES to make positive differences to our community.

“The new and improved deal gives us added stability, and is a great signing for the club.”

The NES logo will continue to adorn Town’s home shirt which commemorates the 60 year anniversary of their Challenge Cup final win over Featherstone.

George Andrews, lifelong Workington fan and NES director, said: “I am delighted to be able to continue with our support of Workington Town.

“Having come so close to promotion to the Championship last season we are keen to help Town’s promotion push.

“I am privileged to work for a company that recognises the need to support and encourage the West Cumbrian community.

“Rugby league is in our blood and a thriving professional club that creates opportunities for West Cumbrian youngsters to learn about sport and develop their skills can become a cornerstone of our community.

“NES already do extensive work with schools close to our West Midlands base and we are delighted to be able to extend this support to schools in West Cumbria.”

Supporting schools in the Allerdale area, the champion schools initiative is an 18-week project which provides coaching to girls in years seven to 10.

Workington will also host a three-week NES summer holiday camp for children aged six to 16, with details yet to be released.

l Town’s Challenge Cup campaign gets under way at Derwent Park (kick off 3pm) on Sunday against Batley Bulldogs.

Celebrating 60 years since winning the trophy at Wembley, Bowden described the opposition as one of the most improved teams outside of Super League.

Jarrad Stack is fit and available following a hamstring injury.

The second rower, who joined Workington in 2009, has never progressed past the third round, and aims to put things right.

He said: “We have a slogan on our shirt to commemorate the last Wembley appearance and we know just how much it means to all the fans and how proud they are of the club’s history and we want to get off to a winning start to celebrate that.”

l Town Flyer: Monday, Keith Ramsden, Seaton, B8085; Tuesday, P McAleavey, Seaton, A9731; Wednesday, H Hodgson, Cockermouth, A5752; yesterday, Phillip Smart, Workington, C6241; today: C Renney, Cockermouth, B7861.

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