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A South Craven football club with a long and illustrious history is aiming to go up in the world with the backing of its new sponsor, Acorn Stairlifts.

Steeton AFC begin the new season with fresh ambition and a new kit bearing the logo of the stairlifts giant, which has its factory and head offices on Steeton's Millennium Business Park. It is just a stone's throw from the Doris Wells Memorial Field, where Steeton AFC – known as the Chevrons – play their home games.

The company's logo will feature on both the first team and reserve team matchday kits and warm-up tops. The club will also receive a percentage of sales income generated by customers who contact Acorn using a special free phone number which will feature on promotional material at the club and in matchday programmes.

Welcoming the new sponsorship deal, Steeton AFC's first team manager Roy Mason said: “This new sponsorship gives the club some financial security for the next two seasons, which will allow us to focus 100% on our performance on the pitch. We're delighted to join forces with a successful multi-national company located right on our doorstep."

Dave Belmont, Company Secretary at Acorn Stairlifts and a keen football fan, said: "Grassroots football is the foundation of the beautiful game and we're delighted to be supporting our local club. We wish them every success in the coming season and urge everyone who loves football to go along to Steeton's matches and cheer on the Chevrons."

The club is also on the lookout for new talent, both for its senior teams and 16 and 17-year-olds for its junior squad. Anyone interested in trying out can go along to training on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9pm at University Academy Keighley (formerly Greenhead High School), in Utley, or for more information email Roy Mason on mason@steetonafc.co.uk

For more about the club, including other sponsorship opportunities such as pitch perimeter boards and in-programme advertising, visit: www.steetonafc.co.uk

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