12 best sports clubs in Gloucestershire that businesses can sponsor

Whether your team are football fans, golf pros or love a day at the cricket, businesses in Gloucestershire have an excellent choice of sports clubs they can sponsor, offering perks to share with staff, exclusive branding opportunities and plenty more.

By Chloe Gorman  |  Published
From top-flight rugby squads to the greenest football team in the world, SoGlos rounds up some of the best clubs in the county that businesses can sponsor.
In partnership with Optimising IT  |  optimisingit.co.uk
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Optimising IT is an industry-leading managed IT support company covering the south west, with offices in Gloucester and Exeter. Offering a full range of services to support SMEs, including cloud-based cyber security and one-off support packages, its team of experts deliver bespoke solutions for all, as well as an innovative new scheme known as Climate Conscious IT.

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Show your business's support for your local team with a sponsorship package, providing much-valued investment in sports in Gloucestershire, with a host of perks for your own team. 

SoGlos rounds up some superb local sports clubs offering packages to put your logo on the team's official shirt, provide coaching for the next generation of sports stars, or even name a stand. 

Cheltenham Town FC

Businesses can join Optimising IT as a partner at Cheltenham Town Football Club, with the option to sponsor an individual player in the men's or ladies' team, a staff member, or a matchday. Player sponsorships include presence in the official match programme, your company name on the player's online profile and a match-worn shirt from your chosen player at the end of the season. 

While matchday sponsorship can include top-flight hospitality for up to eight guests in the Premier Suite with a two-course meal; luxury seating in the HGV Drivers UK stand; half-time refreshments; in-game advertising spots; editorial online and in the match programme; plus a signed shirt from the squad, complimentary match programme and team sheet to take home — with three packages to choose from, starting at £800. 

Cheltenham Tigers

Another local club supported by Optimising IT, Cheltenham Tigers RFC offers sponsorship opportunities for a wide range of budgets, with ball or mascot sponsorship starting from just £50 right up to its flagship gold sponsor package for £6,000. 

Its gold, silver and bronze sponsor packages all include pitch-side and roadside advertising boards; promotion on the Cheltenham Tigers website, email newsletter and social media; adverts in matchday programmes; and a whole host of perks from Twickenham tickets to pitch hire and invitations to its sponsors lunch events.

Hartpury University RFC

The hugely well-respected Hartpury University RFC offers two sponsorship packages for businesses which want to align themselves with this top-flight team. Matchday sponsorship includes 30 tickets; 30 hospitality places with a two-course lunch; tannoy mentions as the official match sponsor; a full page advert in the programme; and a man of the match presentation for £1,250.

There's also the option to become a Hartpury RFC patron for £195, which provides each patron with a season ticket to all home fixtures, one sit-down buffet lunch per season, their name in the match programme and a chance to attend the end of season dinner, too. 

East Glos Club

Cheltenham's historic rackets club allows businesses to sponsor tournaments, equipment, courts and coaching academies, so there are plenty of options depending on budgets and preferences. Branding opportunities on the court include flower displays, sponsorship of either the all-weather or grass courts, or sponsorship of the social tennis board; while businesses can also opt to have their branding on equipment like squash ball tins, net banners and ladders. 

The Cheltenham Open Tennis Tournament and the East Glos Club Tennis and Squash Championships are available to sponsor, too; and for anyone looking to help find the next generation of rackets sport stars, they can sponsor the tennis performance academy, or coaching in tennis, squash and padel. 

Forest Green Rovers

Ideal for climate conscious businesses, the world's greenest football club offers three different sponsorship options at its Nailsworth stadium. Matchday sponsorship includes two boardroom tickets, two matchday programmes, advertising on the LED scoreboard and in the programme, promotion on social media, shoutouts over the PA system and the chance to choose the man of the match; while match ball sponsorship includes two boardroom tickets, two matchday programmes, a signed replica ball, plus promotion on the scoreboard, matchday programme, social media and the PA system. 

For a longer-term commitment, companies can also sponsor a player for the season, with your company's logo on the FGR website under your chosen player; a match-worn shirt at the end of the season; and two tickets to meet your chosen player with a VIP dinner at the club's sponsors event — costing £375 for the home and away shirt. 

Brickhampton Court Golf Complex

Corporate partners at Brickhampton Court Golf Complex enjoy a host of benefits, including rounds of golf; discounts on room hire and purchases in the bar and pro shop; adverts on the driving range and on the TV in the pro shop; as well as an invitation to play in its own Annual Corporate Partners Golf Day. 

It offers four tiered packages, depending on the services and number of golf rounds you want to include, with prices starting from £585 for the bronze level, up to platinum for £2,385.

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club offers businesses a variety of sponsorship opportunities, providing a chance to get your company's branding seen nationwide on Sky Sports.

Options include kit sponsorship, digital branding or in-ground adverts, with its partnerships team creating bespoke branding packages to suit all budgets. 

Gloucester Rugby

Cheer on the cherry and whites by putting your support behind the premiership rugby team. Its new Player Sponsorship+ package includes all the benefits of a standard sponsorship, including digital advertising, matchday announcements if your player scores a try, a meet and greet with your chosen player and a signed match-worn shirt; as well as new benefits like your logo on your chosen player's shirt when they're in the starting line-up and your company's logo on in-game graphics of your sponsored player.

Businesses can choose to sponsor a global star, a Kingsholm legend, a senior academy member or one of the coaching staff, depending on their budget and preference.

Bourton Rovers Football Club

Famous around the world for its annual football in the river match on the August bank holiday, Bourton Rovers Football Club welcomes sponsorship from local businesses to help it continually improve its facilities, matchday experiences and more. 

The Cotswold club offers various options, from social media and website promotion packages, pitch-side sponsor boards to match programme sponsorship, with its head of football able to create a package to suit your business's budget. 

Cirencester Golf Club

Providing 18 glorious holes of golf in the heart of the Cotswolds, Cirencester Golf Club gives businesses the chance to sponsor a hole, the driving range, chipping green, practice area, pro shop, scorecards, golf buggies and even golf teams.

The club's partners and sponsors can also offer exclusive discounts to members and associates — but spaces are often filled up and once they're gone, they're gone, so it's advisable to get in fast when they're up for grabs! 

Cinderford Rugby Club

This Forest of Dean club plays in the third tier of the English Rugby League and offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities from pitch-side adverts to player, matchday, mascot and match ball sponsorships. 

The full matchday package costs from £279 for four guests and includes a pre-match meal and welcome from a player; PA announcements before kick off and at half time; reserved grandstand seating to catch all the action; drinks tokens and half-time refreshments in the lounge; an advert in the programme and credits on social media; a photo with a player; and a souvenir to take home from the day. 

Gloucester City AFC

A football club that's at the heart of its community, Gloucester City AFC gives businesses the chance to sponsor a player for £250, including a signed shirt, signed photo and corporate appearances; or sponsor a match for £500, including corporate hospitality for four people and the chance to choose the man of the match. 

There are also a number of matchday branding opportunities, including pitch-side perimeter boards; scoreboard advertising; back of stand sponsorship on a huge 20 by 6 metre banner; and sponsorship of the matchday programme, too. 

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