Council Shakers sponsorship renewed

First published in News

BURY Football Club is to extend its partnership with Bury Council in a £112,000 deal.

As part of the agreement, the Bury Council name will stay on the Shakers’ shirts for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 season and there is an option to extend the partnership if both sides are pleased with how the agreement works out.

Meanwhile, Gigg Lane coaches will be doing work across the borough with a view to improving people’s health. Council bosses want club staff to encourage people to take more exercise. They also want the club to make “socially excluded groups” feel part of the community by getting them to take part in sports sessions.

These groups could be single parents, obese people, smokers and ethnic minorities.

The thinking behind the deal is that taxpayers could save money because Bury FC’s work might reduce the work that health and social care system need to do.

In a report to be considered by the council’s ruling Executive committee at a town hall meeting on Wednesday, the council’s adult care representative, Cllr Rishi Shori said: “In return for investing £56,000 per annum in each of the next two years, the council will expect a rate of return.”

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8:30pm Thu 15 Mar 12

Babbar Divino says...

£56,000 a year is a pittance. The presence of a professional football club is worth a lot more to the council. What would it actually cost each ratepayer to be able to give Bury the sort of funds that might make a difference? Times are tough and funds short I know.
£56,000 a year is a pittance. The presence of a professional football club is worth a lot more to the council. What would it actually cost each ratepayer to be able to give Bury the sort of funds that might make a difference? Times are tough and funds short I know. Babbar Divino
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9:13am Fri 16 Mar 12

SteSteez says...

The money isn't the issue, it's the cheek that the Council have to then try to encourage local people to partake in exercise yet at the same time offer pricing for the Leisure Centre Gym that many local residents can't afford to use.
The money isn't the issue, it's the cheek that the Council have to then try to encourage local people to partake in exercise yet at the same time offer pricing for the Leisure Centre Gym that many local residents can't afford to use. SteSteez
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12:29pm Fri 16 Mar 12

Eileenshakers says...

I thought the council had decided that they couldn't afford to renew the sponsorship with our club.It seems that they want something for nothing here.You are right it is indeed a pittance and i'm sure whoever made this decision has little or no interest in our town having a football club.A town needs a football club preferably in league 1.Think of the benefit it brings to local business's,there are many spin-offs including hotel,catering,pubs etc who's away supporters spend their hard ernt cash whilst watching their teams play.If you look at how many away fans have travelled to watch Sheff United,Sheff Weds,Huddersfield and our local rivals at Gigg lane this season it makes sense to get behing our club councillors.
I thought the council had decided that they couldn't afford to renew the sponsorship with our club.It seems that they want something for nothing here.You are right it is indeed a pittance and i'm sure whoever made this decision has little or no interest in our town having a football club.A town needs a football club preferably in league 1.Think of the benefit it brings to local business's,there are many spin-offs including hotel,catering,pubs etc who's away supporters spend their hard ernt cash whilst watching their teams play.If you look at how many away fans have travelled to watch Sheff United,Sheff Weds,Huddersfield and our local rivals at Gigg lane this season it makes sense to get behing our club councillors. Eileenshakers
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