Chairman Tom pleased by shirt sponsor deal

Matlock Town chairman Tom Wright says he is delighted to have reached an agreement with Matlock-based Derwent Financial Services to sponsor both the Gladiators’ home and away shirts.

The Rifkind Levy Partnership, under their Matlock Spa logo, have been the shirt sponsors for the past four seasons.

“Derwent Financial Services have supported the club financially in the past, not only with signboards but by donating a percentage of fees when fans have done business with them, which has been fantastic,” said Mr Wright.

“They have again come forward to help the club and I’m both delighted and appreciative of their backing.

“At the same time I’d like to thank our previous shirt sponsors, the Rifkind Levy Partnership, for their great support.”

Andrew Hodkin from Derwent Financial Services says the one-year deal, which could be extended, is a good way of putting something back into the local community.

“I’ve known Tom as a friend for a good many years and understand how difficult it is to maintain a club like Matlock that is playing at a good level. Derwent Financial Services is a Matlock business, most of my clients are in Matlock so by this sponsorship deal I believe I’m putting some money back into the local community.

“I became involved in junior football in 1997, as one of the founder members of Matlock United Juniors, and last season I was assistant manager of Matlock Town Under 18s.

“Work commitments are now dictating my input into the junior end so this sees me put something into the senior side.

“I’m very pleased and privileged to be associated with such a forward-thinking club.

“The new stand and social club are fantastic and everyone at the club should feel proud at what has been achieved, and I’d like to encourage other businesses to become involved with and support what I see as a really professional outfit.”

Mr Hodkin has been in the financial advice industry for 20 years and has had his own business for the past five years.

“I’ve previously relied on word of mouth to grow the business, but am now looking at marketing more. There can’t be a better way of doing that than by backing your local football club which is close to the hearts of so many people in the Matlock and Derbyshire Dales area.”