Speed Skating Club – Essex

Sponsor Name: Essex Skating Club

Location: Essex

Sector: Roller Sports, Sports

Budget: Budget Varies

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National Championship Standard Inline Speed Skating Team in Essex seek sponsorship for their newly formed speed skating team

 

The COVID-19 global pandemic caused our original Speed Skating team to fold as a result of our local rink reducing its operating hours and the team owner wishing to focus on other things. As a result, we have reformed under the new club name: Essex Skating Club.

The core members are a group of 8 talented girls (age range from 8 to 15) all of whom have medalled at National Championships in the last competition prior to the first lockdown. We are focused on performance as well as fun, and are looking to grow the sport in the county through our various partners.

Since losing the rink, we have invested in building a new club committee and have since managed to secure another skating rink to train at. Rollerworld, Colchester is helping us to re-establish ourselves and grow using their facility and contacts, including access to the general public and using the rink to host races.

Target Audience

Male and Female, ages 12-18 mainly, social and sporty.

Key Dates and Timings

Due to the pandemic stopping all competitions, we are aiming to have all sponsors and partners finalised for a full season restart on January 1st, 2022. This gives us until then to organise the club in the best way posible to ensure its success.

Generally past deals range from a year to 3 years (depending on the type of sponsorship) but we are happy to consider all offers and time frames, whether that is a one off deal, or continued deal.

Specific Opportunity Details

The opportunies with us cover:

- Access to social media with our club and rink (Rollerworld has 68k on Facebook, with our old club account having just shy of 1000 additional followers).

- Access to daily skaters (mixed ages) at the rink (though rink based advertising) that gets thousands of people each week.

- Full exposue on all our club posts, as well as linked to success through race victories.

- As we only have 8 girls and 1 boy in the race team (the club is set to take on more beginners that won't race over the next few weeks) there is an excellent opportunity to partner with young female talent which works with Sport England and the countries aim of promoting females in sport.

- We race around the country and in Europe which further increases reach.

Features and Benefits

We can offer advertising on all clothing, on social media and at our home rink. Supporting races would further increase the impact of your reach, especially as we are planning on building a racing series at the rink.

Working with the countries action plan to return to normality following the Pandemic, you'll be helping a struggling club with a rich history with its return to action. Many of the skaters have had to deal with health issues as a result of the lockdown, so any support will go a long way in helping the health of the team improve.

We are also building a schools summer programme, based of an earlier model we used to run in Ipswich for troubled youths. Community engagement is a big part of our strategy.

Other Partners

Currently we have a Sports Science company (2.0 Services) assisting with training plans and coaching services (Head Coaches company)

Investment

Obviously any cash or product support (clothing, sports equipment, gym memberships, team minibus) would be appreciated. Cash investment would help with rink fees, promotional material, sports equipment, race timing equipment and travel and accomodation. Specifically we are looking at around £5,000-£10000 to cover our costs of what we would like to get for the team, however - any help will be greatly appreciated.

Other Info

Prior to the team change, the original team enjoyed success from 1996-2020 being the 2nd most successful club in the country at the National Championships based on medal count. We want to continue that success.

We currently have 5 National Champions, 2 of which are in the Great Britain development squad. Historically we have had members represent team GB at European and World Championships and are looking to build towards achieving that again.

The club is now run by myself and a group of enthusiatic people that make up the commitee. I have been coaching since 2011, and have actively been racing since 1998. I am a University lecturer with degrees in Sport Science, Nutrition and Teaching and use that knowledge to provide the best possible experience for the club skaters.

With any investment I plan on getting the team kitted out appropriotely and want to organise more 'full team' international race visits (which obviously can cost quite a bit). The sport teaches them many values that are important in adult life, and i'm a firm believe in the power that sport has in shaping young minds for successful futures.