Sittingbourne FC has received a two-year stadium sponsorship from local law firm, Jarmans Solicitors. The partnership will strengthen the club, enabling it to develop new programmes to support the local community and encourage participation from people of all abilities.
The Jarmans Solicitors Stadium, formerly known as The Martin & Conley Stadium, will continue as the home grounds for Sittingbourne FC. Jarmans’ investment gives the not-for-profit club the financial support to deliver on its plans to become more inclusive, enabling it to fund a new football academy and additional youth teams, as well as developing disabled and walking football programmes.
“Sittingbourne Football Club have been through many highs and lows since their founding – but has always been very much an inclusive, community football club,” says Peter Pitts, Sittingbourne FC Company Secretary. “We not only host the men’sIsthmian League side, but 13 additional teams for youngsters aged seven to 18. With the new sponsorship backing, we will be able to expand into disabled and walking football programs as well.
“We are very grateful to Jarmans for helping to ensure that Sittingbourne FC can remain a true ‘football for the community’ club.
”Maurice Dunk, Sittingbourne FC Chairman, adds, "As the current custodian of Sittingbourne FC, which has been around for over 130 years, it is simply fantastic news that our town’s largest and most prestigious law firm is to join forces with us.
“Having just retired after 36 years within the legal profession, I have seen first-hand how potent a force a partnership like this can be. Our new collaboration should help both our organisations and our local community. The future is no doubt looking very good!"
With over 150 years in practice, Jarmans Solicitors are well-established in the Swale, Kent area, and the sponsorship is the latest initiative in their emphasis on giving back to the local community.
Jay Sahota, Senior Partner at Jarmans Solicitors says, “Myself and the team here at Jarmans Solicitors are honoured to be sponsoring Sittingbourne FC, especially given that both the club and the firm are stalwarts of the Swale community and have been supporting our local area and grassroots football – which is very close to my heart – for many years.
“It is part of my role as a solicitor, and an important part of my faith, to give back to the local community and this is a worth while, important and enriching way to do so.”
Jarmans Solicitors also supports local charities Tree of Hope, Demelza, the Street Soccer Foundation and Beams, and offers a10% discount on all personal law services for NHS, emergency services and military personnel, in thanks for their commitment.
The company is a founding member of The Sports Business Club, a national movement for like-minded business leaders to help promote grassroots sports, mental health and wellbeing charity initiatives.“
Jay was one of the founding members of The Sports Business Club and immediately financed a charity event aimed at helping the community in Kent,” says Director, David Jueno. “He is always approachable and full of wonderful advice. You can tell he is someone that truly cares about people and the community".