Legal firm Tees renews sponsorship of National League 1 side Bishop's Stortford
Tees group managing director Ashton Hunt believes Bishop's Stortford can emerge from the coronavirus crisis "stronger than ever" after the business renewed its sponsorship of the club.
The legal firm began sponsoring the Silver Leys club, which will be marking its centenary season in 2020-21, five years ago before becoming principal sponsor in 2018.
And Hunt felt it was important for Tees, which was established in 1913 by Herbert Stanley Tee in Bishop's Stortford and is still one of the town's major employers, to demonstrate its continued support for the community as a whole in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The last few months have been extremely challenging for individuals and businesses in our community," said Hunt, whose firm also backs the likes of the Herts & Essex Border Cricket League and Essex County Cricket Club.
"For local sporting teams, which are so instrumental in bringing together that community and driving positive change, the lockdown has brought uncertainty. The disappointment of not being able to participate has been accompanied by concerns about the financial impact of Covid-19.
"As a business, and as one of Bishop's Stortford's major employers, Tees has been able to work as close to normal as possible, supporting new and existing clients. During this unique time in our 107-year history, we have actively sought to evolve and develop with a view to emerging stronger from this crisis.
"I believe it is our duty to demonstrate our support for the local community; renewing our sponsorship of Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club does just that and I have every confidence that the club, like Tees, will come out of this period stronger than ever."
Stortford chairman Colin Tilley said: "[Tees] have seen us through successes, such as our promotion to National League 1, and are now here to support us through a more difficult moment in the club's history.
"We are a local, community-orientated club, something that Tees has always understood and shared with us.
"We're delighted that they have renewed their sponsorship, especially in what will be our centenary season, and we look forward to working closely with them in the coming months and years."
Meanwhile, Stortford have announced James Ingle as their new first-team forwards' coach and club coaching coordinator.
The RFU Level 4 coach and coach educator represented Northampton Saints between 2009 and 2012 before injury cut short his playing career.
Ingle, who has coached at Loughborough University and Bedford School as well as with the academies at Northampton and Harlequins, is currently director of rugby at Oundle School.