Everest backs Medway Ladies
Everest has a strong history of supporting local communities. So when Medway Ladies Team found out they'd been let down by their sponsor, we were only too happy to give them our backing.
Steve Cook, Health & Safety Coordinator at the Sittingbourne Factory, explains, "My partner, Sandie, plays for Medway Ladies. They're a great team and were promoted to National Championship 1 last season. Unfortunately, their previous sponsor let them down just before the start of the season. I know how vital sponsorship is to the team, so I approached Tony Ray (Territory Development Manager) to see whether Everest could help."
Luckily, Tony also saw the benefits that sponsorship could bring both the club and Everest, so agreed a deal worth over £2,500. It's meant that the players have been able to replace their old, tired kits with brand new ones. As Steve says, "This money is going to make a huge difference to the team."
Pictured: Medway Ladies Team
Of course, it's not only the players that will benefit from the sponsorship deal. Everest's logo appears on the kit, and will be included on other materials, such as match programmes and club banners. Tony and Steve also see lots of opportunities for further promotion, including sending offers to the club's members. Steve tells us, "There are a lot of influential people associated with the club, and several squads - from Under 6s, to veterans - so we could expand our sponsorship in the future."
Several players trained by the club have gone on to play for England or Scotland, including Commonwealth Games athlete Shaunagh Brown. Shaunagh started her rugby career three years ago at Medway, and received her first cap for England this November. Another former player, Rachel Burford, started with Medway at just six years old, and went on to play all around the globe for England.
Players often start off in the junior teams, before moving up to the adult teams at 17. Steve tells us, "My sons have followed their Step mum into the sport. Our 16 year old is now training to be a referee so that he can help other kids to play."
Pictured: Medway Ladies in action
Pictured: Medway Ladies engaged in a scrum
Currently, Medway Ladies team members range from their late teens to mid-forties. The team trains twice a week and counts anaesthesiologists, police officers and firefighters amongst its players.
Medway Ladies is going from strength to strength. They have some big matches coming up this season, including against Canterbury Ladies in February. At the time of going to print, they were second in the league, with high hopes of rising to the top.