Over the summer, Pelicans Hockey Club members have been busy building relationships with local and national organisations to bring in sponsorship and the results, according to club chairman Charlie Lankfer, have been very positive.
Pelicans has managed to attract five new sponsors for individual teams as well as continuing to receive sponsorship from overall club sponsor Middleton Aggregates. At a pre-season club day the members modelled their new kit.
Lankfer said: “We have maintained relations with some of our sponsors. This is the 15th year that Middleton Aggregates have sponsored the club and we are really grateful that they have such loyalty to the club, but it is also great to see new companies realising the value of sport in the community.
“For a newcomer to King’s Lynn, such as Bourn Hall Clinic, to appreciate the work that goes into making a club run successfully is a real feather in our cap.”
Bourn Hall Clinic is the new shirt sponsor for all the ladies teams.
The IVF clinic, which has its main office in Cambridge, only opened a new satellite clinic in Lynn two months ago but director of core services, Dawn Course said: “Bourn Hall Clinic is particularly pleased to be associated with Pelicans Hockey Club because it is everything a sports club should be – inclusive, friendly and caters for all abilities .”
Norfolk (Mini) Cars are the shirt sponsors for the Girls Development team. Neal Clarke, the MD, said this was a great opportunity to sponsor a local team, “with us specialising in Mini Cars and the Girls Development team being mini Pelicans.”
Collin Hughes Auto Services at Hunstanton has kindly linked up with the club to sponsor the ladies’ section playing ‘skorts’.
“These are tough times for sports clubs, with increasing costs to the individual in terms of travel and kit, so help from sponsors is always really welcome,” added Lankfer. “As a club, we try to provide our members with the chance to play sport, with all its attendant values – fitness, socialising, team-work – but we want to provide those opportunities at an affordable price.”
In a move sure to raise some eyebrows, the umpires will be sponsored by the Lynn branch of Specsavers. “We know that there is a certain irony there,” said Lankfer, “But it is actually a great pairing and one that I hope will catch on between Specsavers and hockey clubs in other areas.”
Pelicans fields four men’s teams, three women’s teams, two youth development teams and participates in Masters (over 35) competitions. Both the men’s and women’s first team plays in East Division 1 North.