Accrington Stanley – Who Are They?
Leemic are delighted to extend our support and sponsorship of Accrington Stanley Football Club for another year. Leemic are proud to be the managed print supplier for the club as well as a pitch side sponsor.
Although being the bookies favourite for relegation from League 2 last year Accrington Stanley FC defied all the odds to successfully gain promotion in to League One for 2018/19 season. This triumph is a testament to the club and its resilient and prestigious history.
Accrington Stanley, originally formed in 1891, was one of the 12 founding members of the football league in 1888. However in 1966 the team filed for bankruptcy and thus closed until its revival in 1968. Since then it has been a slow and steady climb to the top having successfully improved their positioning year on year. Last season saw an impressive run of eighteen unbeaten games out of 22 culminating in a home match against Yeovil town in order to gain promotion to League 1.
Leemic’s Marketing Manager, Lizzy McDowell, took a trip up to Accrington Stanley last week to visit the ground and understand a little more about the clubs history. “Today has provided real insight into what it takes to run a successful football club. The pitch looks like a beautiful green velvet carpet and the redevelopment of the cowshed stand is taking shape really nicely. The drive up here was truly stunning and you can instantly feel the warmth and affection for the club in and around the local area.” As well as familiarising herself with the club and how we can further show our support, Lizzy was delighted to hear that their photocopier was helping to keep costs low whilst also providing superior print quality to that of their previous device and provider.
Although the team is well supported locally, Accrington Stanley do not rest on their laurels when it comes to investing and giving a bit back. Their impact report for the 2017 shows that they engaged with 15,000 people and invested £400,000 back into the local community through a variety of projects including: children’s shirt sponsorship, children’s healthy eating classes and female coaching workshops. Accrington Stanley have a dedicated community trust (a registered charity) and their mission is to “support the local community regardless of age, gender, race, religion or skill level and promote a healthier lifestyle through sport and education by encouraging individuals to take part in fun based activities, which develop confidence, co-operation and education.”
It is this commitment that resonated so strongly with Leemic and why we choose to extend our support for the upcoming season.