Published by Alexander Chandy
We are delighted to
announce that Orangebox Training Solutions will be the club's new front of homeshirt sponsor for the first season back in the English Football League.
Pools chairman Raj
Singh and Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen visited Tranquillity House at
Hartlepool Marina today to mark the official opening of Orangebox's newheadquarters.
There was cause for
double celebration because of a new partnership between the two that will
benefit both parties – meaning Orangebox's logo will be on the new home kit forthe 2021-22 campaign.
Hartlepool are proud
to have reached an agreement with the town-based training provider,
highlighting how the club is keen to build up stronger relationships with localbusinesses.
Mr Singh, the Pools chairman, said: “I am
delighted that we have been able to create this new partnership with OrangeboxTraining Solutions that secures them as the new main sponsor on our home kit.
“It is always great
to work with local businesses throughout the town that share the same passionfor the club and the community as we do.
“We want the
football club to be central to the community, and that includes the businesscommunity.
Hartlepool United, Orangebox is a growing, ambitious organisation and I would
like to thank Simon Corbett (CEO) and everyone at Orangebox for theircommitment and sharing our vision.
“I would also like to wish them the best of luckas they move into their new office just around the corner from Victoria Park!”
It is a pivotal year
for both Orangebox and Hartlepool following the former's move to Tranquility
House and the club's return to the EFL after last month's dramatic play-offfinal win in the National League.
Hartlepool manager Dave Challinor said:
“It's a fantastic
time to get involved with the club as we move back into the EFL and it is great
to see we have been able to reach this agreement with Orangebox, especially asthey are now only a stone throw away from the ground.
“I've seen the Orangebox logo on the new kit and
it looks brilliant – it's always an exciting time of the year for fans when
kits are released so I am looking forward to seeing their reaction in the nextfew weeks.”
The new home kit will be launched in the coming
weeks before Hartlepool kickstart the League Two season against Crawley atVictoria Park on Saturday, August 7.
Orangebox will now be regulars in the directors'
box and Simon Corbett, its chief executive officer, is excited to have strucksuch a deal with his hometown club.
Mr Corbett said: “I'm a proud Hartlepool
businessman, and a very keen football fan having played and managed local
football for many years, including trials and playing youth team games atHartlepool United.
“I launched my business ‘Orangebox Training'
five and a half years ago, starting from scratch, without staff or clients
working extremely hard to build a brand and create a national/internationaltraining company.
“It's a dream to be able to work with Pools andgive something back to the town, it makes me extremely proud.
“I'm really excited to announce this partnership
and wish my dad, who loved his football, was still around to see my logo on thefront of this fantastic new kit.”
Tranquility House is now home to Orangebox and
the top two floors of the impressive building consist of the company's officesand training rooms.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, said: “Orangebox
is an amazing Hartlepool company and it's great to see them move to a newbigger and better HQ.
“The news that Orangebox will be Pools' new
shirt sponsor for next season following their promotion back to the FootballLeague is also fantastic.
“Both Orangebox and Pools are going from
strength-to-strength, but I can do without another nail-biting penalty shootoutfor a while.”
Orangebox has trained more than 20,000 people
since it was formed in 2016 and delivers a range of courses to the unemployed,
from warehousing and lean manufacturing across the north to health and social
care in Bedfordshire and beyond. Mr Corbett's Dynamic Deliveries course, which
improves communication and presentation techniques, is the flagship ofOrangebox Training Solutions.