The 100 Club have further strengthened their links with Rovers’ Academy by becoming shirt sponsors of the club’s youth teams.
Formed in the 1970s, the 100 Club has been intrinsically linked to the football club for over 40 years, developing a close relationship with the Academy and supporting the club’s young stars of the future through a series of donations totalling over £250,000.
The latest move sees the 100 Club’s new-look logo proudly emblazoned across the front of Rovers’ Under-18s and Under-16s shirts, which were worn for the first time in Saturday’s home games against Liverpool’s youth teams.
Speaking about the new shirt sponsorship, 100 Club chairman Dave Hembrough said: “It’s all about promoting the 100 Club and hopefully getting some new members, as well as sponsoring the Academy, which is something we’ve done over many years. Hopefully it enhances the relationship between the two parties going forward.”
Academy Manager Stuart Jones added: “It’s fantastic in terms of the partnership and the relationship that we have with the 100 Club. It’s really important that the fans understand the work that the 100 Club do and the donations that they make, which are hugely important for us and have a major effect on our players and their development. It’s first class and it looks great too.”
In November, members of the 100 Club presented a cheque for £11,000 to the Academy, which has been put towards a refurb of the Academy Lounge, new nets on two of the pitches and the purchase of equipment for the analysis department.