With the second half of the season about to begin for the Spartans, and with the team joined by the Kent Exiles in being undefeated in 2011, the long-awaited new kit has been unveiled.
The new white shirts proudly display the logos of two team sponsors, Fast Track Management Services Ltd. and ESS Engineering, and will be worn for some of the Spartans matches during the remainder of their 2011 season.
Spartans General Manager Tony Palmer expressed his gratitude to the two companies, saying “The financial assistance from these sponsors is deeply appreciated, and with the team looking to purchase a new black shirt in the future, we welcome anyone interested in sponsoring the team and seeing their logo displayed on our kit to contact us”.
With two remaining regular-season home games, the Spartans are hoping to raise local awareness of the team by meeting and greeting the public this coming Saturday, June 18th, across Essex towns.
Bedfordshire Blue Raiders visit Hannakins Farm on Sunday, June 19th and some Spartans players and coaches will be out and about distributing leaflets promoting the team and encouraging anyone interested to come down to Hannakins Farm and cheer the team on. The team will be at Billericay High Street from midday for approximately one hour, before moving on to Brentwood High Street.
“We are very much looking forward to our visits to Brentwood and our home town of Billericay. We are keen to raise our profile and forge strong links with the local community and are excited about this opportunity,” said Spartans Coach Sean Benton.
“With a home game the next day and with free entry, it promises to be a great weekend for the team and we hope that the new friends we make on Saturday will be there to cheer us along.”
Last season the Spartans and Blue Raiders split their games, with the Blue Raiders defeating the Spartans 16-13 in the final game of the regular season. This loss meant the team faced a nervous wait to learn their post-season fate – something Spartans Head Coach Marc Saunders is keen to avoid this time round.
“Bedfordshire gave us a tough defeat last time we faced them so we are not taking them lightly, “said Saunders. “The Spartans are ready for the Blue Raiders this time around and hope the result will reflect this.”
With a family-friendly bar area, and free entry, the Spartans hope to see a large crowd behind them as they take to the field at Hannakins Farm with kickoff set for 2:30pm. With only the winner of the Division assured of a home playoff match, the team know every game is crucial.
Black Tide’s coming – get swept along!