Tuesday 28th June 2005

Folkestone going places with new sponsorship deal



Leading coach operator and travel company Buzzlines is set to sign up as the new main sponsor of Ryman Premier League side, Folkestone Invicta, writes Stephen McCartney.

As part of the deal with the club, that finished in fourteenth place in the division last season, the club will be renaming its Cheriton Road ground the Buzzlines Stadium - replacing previous sponsors, Westbourne Hygiene.

The team will also train and play in a strip sporting the distinctive Buzzlines blue logo.

And visitors to the club will be hosted in the Buzzlines Hospitality Suite.

Managing director of Buzzlines, Nigel Busbridge said: "As an established local company we are proud to be sponsoring Folkestone Invicta into its 70th season.

"We wish manager Neil Cugley and his squad every success in the forthcoming season.

"Together we will make a winning team."

And Folkestone Invicta chairman Bob Dix added: "I am very impressed by the way Buzzlines is taking an interest in all aspects of the club, demonstrating that the company wants to work in a true partnership.

"This sponsorship will lead to success on the field for the club and increased brand awareness for Buzzlines.

"I am sure such success will lead to further benefits for us all.

The sponsorship deal officially commences with the start of the new season, which sees Invicta play host to Nationwide Conference side Gravesend & Northfleet in a pre-season friendly on Saturday 16th July.

It brings substantial financial support to the Kent club.

Buzzlines, which is based at Lympne Industrial Park, near Hythe, is the fastest growing coach operator in the South East.

Its state-of-the-art vehicles are set to make regular appearances at the newly-named Buzzlines Stadium.