Club attracts new sponsor partner

Swindon Supermarine attracts Chartered Financial Planners as Sponsor Partner

Swindon Supermarine Football Club has agreed a new sponsorship deal with a rapidly expanding financial advice firm in Wiltshire.

Unividual, which has grown from 5 to 14 employees in two years after the launch of a financial adviser academy, is the new home and away shirt sponsor for both the men and the women’s teams. The deal, which is for an undisclosed amount, was signed on Thursday 29th June and is initially for the 2017/2018 season.

The news comes just months after the club opened its new community facilities inside the club’s Swindome. With a state-of-the-art gym, changing rooms and a physiotherapy suite the new facilities are worth around £85,000. Marketing Director and part owner of Unividual, Cherie-Anne Baxter, was among local dignitaries and guests at the launch back in May. Unividual, which has offices at Hartham Park in Corsham, initially contacted the club about an advert on the side of the pitch but after a tour of the facilities and ongoing discussions with Commercial Director Steve Moore and Club Chairman Jez Webb, the company offered to become one of the club’s main sponsors.

Miss Baxter, 33, who was born in Swindon and her family has run businesses in the town for several generations, acknowledged being a fan of both men’s and women’s football but said the decision to sponsor the club was made to support local sport in the community. She said: “For sometime we have wanted to give back to the local community in an area we feel passionate about but we haven’t found the right partner. After meeting Steve Moore I could see right from the offset that the club’s main aim is to use its success and position to benefit the wider community through activities aimed at tackling social, health and education issues across Swindon and Wiltshire. Initially we wanted to make a small donation via advertising our business on the pitch. Upon viewing the incredible facilities that the club makes available to both the men’s and women’s team and its wider community I was blown away. Swindon Supermarine and Unividual share similar values and I know that our support will be put to good use.

Jez Webb, Chairman of Swindon Supermarine said: “All at Supermarine are delighted and are very appreciative for the support shown to us from Unividual. To have a company of Unividual’s stature pledging this kind of support in the Supermarine brand is a fantastic tonic for all at the club and will enable us to continue our work to serve a wide cross section of groups in the local community’’

Just days before the Women’s Euro 2017 tournament kicks off on 16th July, one of Unividual’s main reasons for sponsoring the club was the focus that Swindon Supermarine place on women’s football. “I have played amateur sport since school, my father and MD John Baxter played football and I have been involved in supporting the growth of amateur teams for years. I know how hard it is for clubs to grow and when I listened to Supermarine’s approach to women’s football I was in awe. I am a huge supporter of women’s sport and believe team sports like football can have a huge impact on not just the health of people but their confidence to. It is rare in lower league football for women to have such incredible facilities. At Supermarine they use the same pitches as the men and get plenty of promotion on the website and across match day programmes. There is a feeling of inclusivity and that is what Unividual is all about, the notion that everyone is a unique individual. This club has the determination and drive to grow women’s football and promote semi-professional men’s football and we want to help that along and are proud to be a part of that journey.”

Sadie Harrison, Club Secretary of Swindon Supermarine women’s team said: “The Lionesses journey at the 2015 World Cup enthralled the nation and raised the exposure of women’s football in England. We’re hoping the upcoming Euro’s will have the same positive effect and will result in more women and girls getting into football, regardless of their experience or ability. We’re busy with pre-season plans ahead of our second season in the Wiltshire Women’s and Girls league. The season kicks off on 3rd September and we’re keen to recruit new players over the summer. We are excited for the season ahead after the news of our new partners, Unividual, joining us on our journey.’’