Integra Buildings has signed up to sponsor Bridlington Town AFC, just weeks after completing a new clubhouse for the non-league football team.
East Yorkshire-based Integra, an award-winning designer and manufacturer of bespoke modular buildings, has become the principal club and shirt sponsor for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons, providing the club with a major boost following the suspension of games due to the Covid-19 crisis.
It means the Seasiders, who play in the Premier Division of the Northern Counties East Football League, will wear the Integra company name and logo on their shirts when they return to action.
It follows Integra’s successful completion last month of a new clubhouse at the Hudgell Solicitors Stadium, in partnership with the lead contractor, PBS Construction (North East) Ltd.
Built using cutting-edge modular techniques, the clubhouse was manufactured in seven parts at Integra’s production facilities in Paull, east of Hull. These units were then transported by lorry to Bridlington, where they were assembled to create the new building.
The first-class facilities will help improve access to grassroots sport across Bridlington and the surrounding area and benefit the community for years to come.
At the heart of the clubhouse is the new Town Bar, which has proven to be a big hit with supporters and the public since opening on July 25, less than nine weeks after construction began on site. The facilities also include a boardroom, office, kitchen and large open plan bar and social area.
Gary Parker, Managing Director of Integra Buildings, said: “We’re delighted to have agreed to sponsor the Seasiders for the next two seasons after enjoying such a strong relationship while working together on the new clubhouse.
“We’ve seen at first hand over the past few months what a great community club this is, so we’re proud to be able to support their important work to promote grassroots football at all levels.
“By providing new, high-quality facilities, the new clubhouse will play a major part in attracting even more people – young and old – to the game and supporting Bridlington Town AFC.
“We’ve been starved of live football over the past few months, so we’re really looking forward to the day when crowds are allowed to return and we can watch the players walk out in their new shirts proudly bearing the Integra Buildings name and logo. We wish Bridlington Town every success for the new season.”
Pete Smurthwaite, Chairman of Bridlington Town AFC, said: “We’d like to thank Gary and his team for this wonderful sponsorship. Being supported by a company of the stature of Integra is a great boost for the club.
“Not only that, but they’ve built us a clubhouse that will be the envy of a great many non-league football clubs in this country. It’s a fantastic facility.
“We had a very tight deadline to get the building up and running before the start of the new season, and despite all the challenges brought by coronavirus, Integra pulled out all the stops to complete on time.
“The clubhouse is not only a valuable asset to the football club but also to the community of Bridlington, as it is available for use seven days a week and will help us to improve grassroots sport in and around Bridlington.
“It’s been a difficult period for the club and supporters, with competitive football being suspended for so long, but the support from Integra is a big boost and we can now look forward to a very successful season ahead, on and off the pitch.”
Integra Buildings is at the forefront of the UK’s rapidly expanding modular construction sector. Its growing customer base ranges from major construction companies, to local authorities and other public sector bodies.
Integra also specialises in sports facilities and has delivered a series of grassroots football projects across the country.
Integra’s achievements were recognised at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards last November, when the company was named Large Business of the Year.
Bridlington Town is one of East Yorkshire’s leading semi-professional football clubs, having been founded more than a century ago. The Seasiders have twice visited Wembley, winning the FA Vase in 1993.
The new clubhouse was made possible after Bridlington Town was awarded funding by the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF). As the sister organisation of the Football Foundation, the FSIF is the largest funder of non-league football in the country.
The £100,000 FSIF grant, along with an £150,000 grant from the Yorkshire Coast Community Led Local Development Programme in connection with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, enabled the club to replace an ageing clubhouse that had been in need of renovation.
The facilities support the club in giving 70 local players the chance to play football each week, including at senior and youth levels.
The Seasiders made a free donation of the former modular-built clubhouse to Bellshill Athletic, after a fire ravaged the Scottish non-league team’s facilities. The assistance came about because Bridlington Town Manager Brett Agnew comes from the Scottish village of Holytown, close to the Bellshill Athletic ground.
Bridlington Town is currently playing pre-season friendlies, with matches held behind closed doors, following the abandonment of the 2019/20 season in March following the coronavirus outbreak. The club is currently looking to start the new league season in early September.
Although there will be no spectators in the stands, supporters will be able to watch live streams of games in the clubhouse until fans are allowed to return to the terraces.
For information about Bridlington Town AFC and use of the clubhouse for events, call 01262 606879 or go to www.bridtownafc.com
To find out more about Integra Buildings visit www.integrabuildings.co.uk, call 01964 626761 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org