The Club have approximately 250 junior members who are recruited from Shevington, Appley Bridge, Standish and other local districts. All the clubs’ teams play in the North West Counties leagues in their respective age groups. As a club, their ethos is to provide people of all ages the opportunity to play rugby league.
Like all amateur and indeed professional clubs, Shevington Sharks rely on sponsorship and outside support to enable their teams to continue. The five figure 3 year sponsorship deal is probably the biggest of its kind in amateur rugby league, if not amateur sport. It will enable the Sharks to recruit new members, purchase new playing kit, post protectors & training pads, and will also provide them with marketing support from IKO throughout the duration of the sponsorship to help promote the club in local schools and the wider community.
On Thursday 25th April, John McMullen from the RFL and Phil Clarke from Sky Sports who played for Wigan and Great Britain in the 80’s/90’s, attended the sponsorship launch at IKO’s head office in Appley Bridge. Councillors for Shevington with Lower Ground Ward, Paul Collins, Damian Edwardson and Mike Crosby, and John Ball from Standish Parish Council, were also in attendance.
Pictured back row, L-R; Andy Williamson, Managing Director, IKO PLC – Paul Collins, Councillor – Ian Robinson, Chairman, Shevington Sharks – John McMullen, RFL – Phil Clarke, Sky Sports – Mike Crosby, Councillor – Damian Edwardson, Councillor – John Ball, Councillor
Pictured front row, L-R; Martyn Ellis, Technical Director and Development Officer, Shevington Sharks – Steve Dillon, Director of Rugby, Shevington Sharks
Chairman of Shevington Sharks, Ian Robinson comments; “The club has been part of the community since 1980, and we are delighted that, due to this significant sponsorship deal with IKO, we are able to continue to invest not only in new equipment but also new players from as young as 4 years old, boys and girls. As far as amateur rugby goes, this sponsorship is big news”.
Paul Collins, Councillor who attended the sponsorship launch, comments; “We are all very excited about this partnership between Shevington Sharks and IKO, and we look forward to working with the teams to meet the challenges and take advantage of the many opportunities this new partnership will bring to all involved. This initiative will also be of huge benefit to the local community as it fits perfectly into our Health & Wellbeing strategy to engage with and involve the local people in sports and physical activities.
We’re sure that this new partnership will open up many new and exciting opportunities and it is really encouraging to see a local business, who themselves have achieved global success, team up with local volunteers and support them in their bid to provide so many opportunities for young people, their parents and relatives within our ward. We are proud to be involved in this initiative, which is a win win for everyone”.