We are delighted to announce a new sponsorship arrangement between Smurfit Kappa and Stalybridge Celtic FC Academy for the 2016 / 17 season. The new shirt sponsorship will see Smurfit Kappa on the Academy blue and white playing kit for the new season, with the Academy playing in the same new kit being worn by our first team squad. Smurfit Kappa will also be supporting the club via perimeter and programme advertising, match sponsorship and we will be exploring other selected, community initiatives.
Ian Milligan commented
"With Tameside College now in place as our education partner for the next 5 years and Dave Sullivan recently appointed as the new Academy Head, it's tremendous to now have the backing of such a significant local business in Smurfit Kappa. The senior management team at Smurfit Kappa have really bought into what Stalybridge Celtic FC is doing with it’s Academy, where we are providing local 16 – 19 year olds the opportunity to develop their football and education prospects. This extra investment helps us to take the next step in improving our Academy programme."
Lynne Case, General Manager of Smurfit Kappa added
"We believe passionately as a Management Team in the importance of supporting our local club and helping the Academy players realise their dreams. Smurfit Kappa Stalybridge feels extremely proud to be associated with the players and the club.
"We wish you all the very best of luck for the New Season."
For any players interested in joining the Academy and following in the footsteps of Darius Osei and Alec Mudimu, two of our recent success stories, you should contact our Community Development Officer, Mike Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are recruiting 16 to 18 year olds for September 2016 and Mike can give you full details on the Academy along with our new educational partner, Tameside College. Pre season training is underway at Woodley Sports Village.