Leigh Leopards have confirmed that Homes Together Ltd have agreed a two-year main shirt sponsorship, which will be the highest sponsorship deal ever in the Club history.
Homes Together Ltd, who sponsored Blake Ferguson during the 2022 season, specialise in providing residential care for young adults with learning and physical disabilities, autism and visual impairments.
Homes Together’s owner Steve Jones said: “As a lifelong Leigh supporter, nothing gave me greater pride last season than seeing the club promoted into the Super League. Having been born and bred within half-a-mile of Hilton Park, Leigh Rugby has always been my biggest sporting passion. Seeing them not just promoted last season but the manner of it reminded me of the heady days of Murphy, Woods and Martyn. I had wondered for some time how we might support the club and having spoken to Derek and been impressed by his infectious enthusiasm and passion and a synergy was born. We came up with a shirt sponsorship idea that fits perfectly with the innovations that he is looking to introduce.”
“Linking a rugby team which embodies skill, strength, speed and toughness with an organisation that deals with people with physical and learning difficulties is, we feel, ground-breaking and hopefully helps to change perceptions of disability. This is the start of an incredible partnership which I am eager to see unfold.”
David Ashton-Jones, Managing Director from Homes Together said: “We are proud of the new partnership between Leigh Leopards and Homes Together.
“Watching Leigh throw the instruction book out of the window and make a positive statement towards their future ambitions, has similarities with our own intent in pushing the message of strength and positivity around disability. What better way to do that than to sponsor a team in such a powerful sport as Rugby League and a team that has been close to our hearts for a very long time. Whilst the business is based in Harrogate, Leigh has a special place in our hearts, and we are determined to help this rugby club and the town in any way we can.
“The next chapter is extremely exciting!”
Leigh Leopards owner Derek Beaumont revealed the back story to this record-breaking sponsorship, which followed Thursday’s successful rebrand launch, and emphasised the importance of sponsor relationships with the Leigh board, office staff and the club’s general manager, Karen Roberts.
Mr Beaumont said: “To walk out of the presentation to my box in the stadium, where we were based, and see Karen anxious to talk to me about a proposition she had received to be on the front of the shirt was a shock I hadn’t expected.”
“You won’t believe this!” Karen exclaimed. She was so excited and rightly so. “Homes Together want to be on the front of the shirt, they love it so much, and the whole rebrand.”