Call to businesses and fans to attend Barrow Raiders Sponsors Night
BARROW Raiders chiefs are hoping businesses and fans come to support the club’s annual Sponsors Night.
The event, billed as “the biggest night of the year”, takes place at the Lisdoonie, Barrow, on Friday, January 13, beginning at 7.30pm.
Raiders are hoping it will provide a much-needed financial boost for the club who believe a play-off place and promotion is within their reach in 2017.
Businesses have previously backed the key players, which attract the bigger sponsorships, but there are a number of smaller sponsorship packages available.
Fans can also sponsor a player’s shirt, shorts and socks, a kicking tee, a ball, a sod of Craven Park grass or a ‘Champagne moment’ and prices on the night are expected to go from £10 to four-figure sums for the players
Individuals, groups and companies are able to take out any of the deals.
Last year £18,000 was raised, and Commercial Manager Pete Murphy is hoping a similar sum is raised for what could be a memorable League One Barrow Raiders campaign.
Murphy is keen to see a full house at the Lisdoonie Hotel on the night where all the players expected to attend and mingle with the supporters. Coach Paul Crarey will also there at this free to enter event.
“It is massive,” said Murphy. “It was a good night for us last year. We had a great response, it was fantastic. We are urging everybody to come. It is the biggest night of the year.”
Among those likely to create big interest are the major close-season signings – forwards Jarrad Stack and Tom Walker, quality back Brett Carter and strike centre Declan Hulme – plus St Helens ace halfback Lewis Charnock, who played Championship rugby with Bradford Bulls last season, along with home-grown talented half-back, former Dalton player Ryan Johnston.
There will also be favourites like Joe Bullock, former Walney Central amateurs Andy Litherland, Danny Morrow and Matty Holmes along with one-time Barrow Island ace Luke Cresswell.
“Player sponsorship is the big thing,” said Murphy. “We sponsor the kits on the night, so if you want to sponsor Ryan Fieldhouse’s shorts, socks or shirt you can do that. The socks start at £20, shorts £30 and shirt £50.
“If you want to sponsor a player you need to come to sponsors night.”
He continued: “We have got alot of companies who said they will put a reserve on a couple of players, so people can contact me if they want to do that – but really we want to urge people to come to the night and bid on the players.
“There is always a little bit rivalry between the players as to who gets the most amount of sponsorship money.
“Last year as in any good auction all you need is two people interested in a player for the serious bidding to start.”
The club hope to attract all types of businesses, from small firms to major companies like BAE Systems, Kimberly-Clark and GlaxoSmithKline.
“It is the most important off the pitch event that we have,” said Murphy.
“I urge everybody, if you support the rugby and want them and the town to do well, to back it and come down that night. It is a free event, everyone is welcome, come and have a good night.”