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ARCO ARE OUR NEW SHIRT SPONSORS

11 April 2014

A big thank you to everyone who joined the 1883 Sponsors Club

ARCO will be Bristol Rovers' home shirt sponsors for next season.

The safety experts, based in Avonmouth, were the first business to be pulled out of the velvet bag at this afternoon's shirt sponsorship draw.

Director of Football John Ward then drew Office Beverages as the away shirt sponsor.

Third prize – an elevated advertising board at the Memorial Stadium for next season goes to Thorntons Travel.

Home shirt sponsors ARCO describe themselves as "experts in safety" and their mission statement is to keep people safe at work.

Sales manager Matt Hicks, who is a Rovers fan, said: "This is the fourth year we have joined the 1883 Sponsors Club as we think for the cost of entry we already get great value for money with the hospitality to entertain our customers.

"To actually win the main prize is a dream come true, and we are made up.

"We are a national company with a big presence in the South West, and this will be great exposure for us.

"Our timing couldn't have been better with such exciting times ahead for the club."

SM Gauge took fourth prize – a perimeter advertising board at the Memorial Stadium, and County Contractors were drawn fifth and receive a programme advert for the 2014/15 season.

Director Barry Bradshaw said: "On behalf of the football club I would like to thank everyone who has become a member of the 1883 Sponsors Club.

"I know we are not doing that well at the moment, but the support you have shown has been fantastic, and we really appreciate it."

The draw was open to all members of the 1883 Sponsors Club - each member received a free entry.

The draw appealed to a wide cross section of people, attracting attention from large national businesses such as Heineken right through to local companies including Eagle coaches.

Representatives from each company were invited to watch the draw, and were each given their own draw cube to put into the velvet bag.

The five big winners were obviously delighted, but no one goes away empty handed. Everyone who entered the 1883 Sponsors Club will receive a table for 10 in hospitality, the opportunity to attend business networking events and a signed football.

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