Eastbourne Town chairman Dave Jenkins was delighted to announce the largest sponsorship deal in the club’s history this week.
The ‘significant five-figure deal’ with Sussex Business Times Magazine and City Gym Express is expected to bring upward of £10,000 each year to the Saffrons outfit for the next three years.
Although the chairman admits the figures will not see Town emulate the spending power of the likes of Ryman League side Whitehawk, Jenkins insists it will enable Town to keep on the path of steady progression.
He said, “This is fantastic news for the club and we are thrilled to secure this deal.
“It will enable us to continue to compete at this level and make plans for the future. Times are tough out there for businesses so this is great news for the club.”
Jenkins is an accountant by trade and he admits he has been left scratching his head as to how other clubs in the Ryman balance their books.
He added, “Some of the money teams are spending in this league is unbelievable. You speak to the other chairmen and you wonder how they do it on crowds less than we get. Whitehawk are said to be spending £200,000 and the likes of Walton and Hersham are around £90,000 a year.
“I’m not saying this will see us fly up the league table but it is part of our plan of a growth path. We want to make sure this club continues on the right track and the deal with Lee (Mansfield) will help us do that.”
Lifelong Town fan and Eastbourne entrepreneur Lee Mansfield added, “I know David Jenkins well and as a supporter of Eastbourne and a football fan, it wasn’t too difficult to agree our deal.
“The club continues to grow and as the oldest club in Sussex, we are delighted to commit to them and the work they plan over the coming years.
“Playing at The Saffrons, next door to the Town Hall, the club is truly at the heart of Eastbourne and we are looking forward to sharing in the club’s future.”
First team manager Danny Bloor added, “We cannot underestimate what this deal means for the club.
“It is hugely important for community football to gain this kind of support from local businesses.”
BELOW from Left: Danny Bloor (manager), Dave Jenkins (chairman) and club sponsor Lee Mansfield.