Friday, January 22, 2016

News: Chamber lands Eagles as new patrons

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The Sheffield Eagles have joined Rotherham United and Barnsley FC as professional sports clubs who are patrons of the Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.

The rugby league team, established in 1984, currently play in the Kingstone Press Championship having previously competed in the Super League and won the Challenge Cup in 1998. Living a somewhat nomadic existence, which included temporary offices in Manvers, Rotherham last year, the Eagles have recently moved back to Don Valley and on to the Olympic Legacy Park, where the planned new stadium for the Eagles will be located.

Until the stadium is complete, the club have opted to play games back in the city at the Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park in 2016. The impressive facilities are within a drop kick of Rotherham on Bawtry Road.

For the new season, which begins in February, the Eagles have decided to return to a full-time operation to give the club the best possible chance of realising the dream of once again returning to Super League.

The club has been a member of the Chamber since 2012 and the patronage is expected to develop the long-standing relationship further. As part of the relationship, Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber will feature on the front of this season's kit and will also be hosting a series of networking events for members around home games over the forthcoming year.

Mark Aston, the director of rugby of the club where he made 384 appearances, scoring 2,140 points (pictured, left), said: "We're delighted to be strengthening our relationship with Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce and particularly pleased to become patrons.

"The Chamber have been fantastic allies of ours over the years and it's great that we're continuing to bear their name on the kit for this coming season.

"We're keen to develop as a business as well as a club and becoming patrons of the Chamber is a big step in the right direction for us. With our home games being played at Bawtry Road we're ideally located and I'm sure that we will see lots of benefits from our partnership. We're looking forward to another exciting season and this is another boost to the club as we prepare for the challenges ahead."

Mark Hannigan, operations manager at the Chamber (pictured, centre), added: "With Sheffield Eagles going full time from this season we are pleased that they have chosen to come on board as a Patron and work with our Chamber in enhancing their commercial offering to local Businesses. With the success and profile the Eagles have, we are looking forward to working with Mark Aston and the club."

Sheffield Eagles website
Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce website

Images: BR Chamber

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