Members and spectators alike will agree the match day experience at Lightfoot Green has been somewhat compromised since the start of the season by the demise of the scoreboard on Pitch One.
Quotations for a replacement were obtained but the club coffers were insufficient for such unplanned expenditure.
Hugh Duckworth, recently appointed Chairman, took the initiative and opened negotiations with two valued sponsors. The final outcome was Kirkham Grammar School and Bowker BMW both agreeing to fund 50% each of the cost of a replacement scoreboard. This significant level of support enabled the club to order a Full Colour LED Video Screen, which hopefully will be fitted and operational in time for the Blackburn game.
The negotiations with the Bowker Motor Group also led to the Porsche Centre Preston agreeing to sponsor Mini Junior Rugby at Hoppers – Under 7s to Under 16s inclusive – for three seasons commencing in September 2022. This is an extremely popular decision with the 400 plus youngsters!
Daniel Berry, Headmaster of Kirkham Grammar School said:
“We are delighted to renew and continue our exclusive partnership with Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club by sponsoring their new digital scoreboard. The support of the club and the links being embedded will allow many generations of potential rugby stars to fulfil their dreams and ambitions. We wish the club continued success for the remainder of the season”
Amy Lancaster-Hall, Bowker Group Marketing Manager, added:
“Bowker Motor Group continues to enjoy a long rewarding partnership with Preston Grasshoppers. The club’s blend of sporting achievement and community engagement is a perfect fit for us. That’s why we are so pleased to continue our support with Porsche Centre Preston’s sponsorship of the Mini Junior Kit. Backing the stars of the future feels like a wonderful next chapter in our partnership story. We’re also proud that our staff and customers old and new will see the Bowker BMW name on the scoreboard at Lightfoot Green.”
Hugh Duckworth, Chairman of Preston Grasshoppers RFC, added his appreciation on behalf of the club:
“Preston Grasshoppers are extremely fortunate to have the committed support of Kirkham Grammar School and the Bowker Group. A massive thank you from one and all.”