Why Holyport FC
Holyport Football Club
Hello and welcome to the official SNAP Sponsorship profile of Holyport FC.
We're delighted to announce that we’ve now partnered with SNAP Sponsorship and we’re looking for sponsors who are excited about affiliating themselves with a successful grassroots football club in Maidenhead, Berkshire. We’re a community club with a long history and big ambitions.
We strive to craft a partnership with our sponsors that meets their specific objectives, whether that be community gifting, social responsibility (CSR), direct sales or brand building.
Whatever your motivation, find out more below. Thank you for visiting our profile.
Why Sponsor Us?
In order to survive and to continually improve our facilities for the local community, the club relies on sponsorship from local businesses – and this is where we would like to work alongside you.
Increased brand awareness, raising the profile of your business in our community
Do you want to raise the profile of your business or organisation? Holyport FC is keen to develop new relationships with businesses who can offer beneficial products and services to our local community.
Sponsoring us will raise the profile of your business and benefit you in the following ways:
- Exposure to hundreds in the local area and players and spectators from visiting teams
- Publicity in local papers
- Increased brand awareness on our website and social media accounts
- Satisfaction from giving back to the community
- You’re supporting a much-needed local amenity which brings enjoyment to many.
All revenue raised is returned to the club to improve facilities for our players and spectators who love football.
Engage with our many members and capitalise on our strong social media following
Holyport FC is in the heart of community with great links to a huge audience base surrounding the club. In addition to our large membership and extensive supporter network, Holyport FC understands the importance and power of the internet and social media. We therefore use our website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to promote our club, fixtures and sponsors with a total following of nearly 5000 people.
We’re an extremely social club who pride themselves on being warm, friendly and family-orientated. We regularly host events throughout the year and we’d be happy to host a sponsored networking event if desired.
Holyport FC has an array of sponsorship opportunities which can be tailored to meet your objectives. Through sponsorship, our club will promote your company in a wide variety of ways enriching the profile of your business in our community.
Get involved in grassroots sport and remove economic barriers making sport affordable, accessible and inclusive for all
Sponsorship of a grassroots sport delivers a much higher return on investment than traditional advertising. This is because sponsorship allows your business to become directly involved in activities that are highly valued by local consumers.
Holyport FC is proud of its strong bonds with the community and enjoys supporting and engaging with local initiatives. Consumers are known to form strong positive associations with sponsors who support the development of grassroots sport and also contribute to the local area and by directly supporting us, you’re helping to remove economic barriers — making football affordable, accessible and inclusive for all in the community.
Contact us now to find out more and explore what Holyport FC can offer you!
The Club Today
Welcome to the Summerleaze Park, the picturesque home of the 'The Port', the nickname of Holyport Football Club. Holyport Football Club are a non-league side based in Maidenhead, currently supporting sides of varying age groups to act as an integral part of the local community.
Throughout the club, Holyport FC’s ideals reflect sports core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. And recent market research has overwhelmingly shown that the club comes across as being warm and friendly, providing good quality sport for all.
Whilst we are ambitious, we also have a strong family ethos, derived from a commitment to youth sport for all age groups.
All this is underwritten by a diverse sponsor base, at a variety of different levels, which aids the club’s financial stability and adds value to our audience.
History of Our Club
Holyport Football Club was formed on 1st September 1897 in The George Pub in Holyport Village, with 20 members at a Shilling a piece to join. Initially they played in the Maidenhead and District League, their home ground was at Windsor Road, Bray. The club slowly progressed and joined the Hayes and Giles League where they played their home games at Braywick Park.
At the beginning of the 2002/2003, after three very successful seasons, Holyport were promoted to the Hellenic League Division 1 East. Two seasons later they moved to their current ground at Summerleaze Park in North Maidenhead. This move signalled the start of a new and exciting era for the club. Having secured the necessary planning permission, as well as funding from the Football Foundation, the new ground has been in a state continuous of improvement. In season 2007/8 the ground was fenced, floodlights installed and since then has seen further improvements to the changing facilities, hard standing on three sides of the ground, the erection of three spectator grandstands and a hospitality room. These changes are the culmination of several years of hard work and the club's Summerleaze Park ground now meets the F.A and League requirements for Holyport to continue to play at their current step five level of football. The club have also been awarded planning permission for a new teabar and turnstile, this was awarded in March 2022 with the board in the process of obtaining grants to fund this project.
These continuous improvements, both of and off the pitch, have all contributed to progressing the Club's ambitions of playing in the F.A. Vase and the FA Cup which they achieved in 2008 and 2010 respectively. Additionally in 2009/10 season and 2010/11 season the club was jointly awarded the Hungerford Cup (shared with Shortwood United in 2009/10 and then Thame United 2010/11). The cup is awarded to the club who has shown the most development, both on and off the field, throughout the season.
2010/11 Season was a historic season for Holyport. In their first season with the club the new management team of Derek Sweetman, Kevin Carvell and Calvin Maye led the side to the Uhlsport Hellenic 1 Division East title, AM Print and Copy Floodlit Cup and The Bluefin Insurance Challenge Cup. In 2009/10 Jamie Handscomb was also recognised by the League winning the Division Player of the Year award, the third time a Port player has won this trophy. Along with the Hungerford Cup, four cups in one season will probably be the club's most successful season for a good number of years to come. The 2011/12 Season saw Holyport finish a very respectable 13th in their debut season and also as Semi Finalists in The Berks and Bucks Senior Cup and League Supplementary Cup.
The 2012/13 brought yet more development for Holyport FC as they fielded their first ever Youth side in The Allied Counties League. 2014/15 saw Martin Kenealy step aside after 12 months in charge, The committee had a think about the future and decided to was best to step down to Division One East and promote Barry, Dan, Chris and John into the management setup. The side had a steady season in 2015/16 but 2016/17 was a struggle. 2017/18 saw Dan and Chris move on but ex Holyport player Matt Rolfe was appointed as Asst Manager and with this the team finished 5th in the league. Barry Rake resigned in the summer of 2018 and with this the club appointed Derek Sweetman as Manager for 2018/19 season with Rolfe, Ovens and Deverall assisting him. Along with this the side re-entered the FA Cup and announced a three year sponsorship deal with Anthony Mullan furniture. The 18/19 season produced a good FA Vase run and once again a 5th place in the league but securing more points than the previous season.
19/20 The side were placed in the top 3 before Covid-19 struck and our pleasing season was wiped out. After another Covid-19 struck season the club were finally awarded promotion to Step 5 on a PPG basis, but moving across to the newly formed Combined Counties North League. The club struggled at the start of the league campaign but after being written off by many achieved their Step 5 status via a superior goal difference on the final day.
During the off season the club announced that Derek Sweetman would become an Ambassador for the club, this first in their history as recognition for his 336 games in charge and success whilst at the club. Sam Lock who had been Ports Assistant Manager during the season was promoted to manager for 2022/23 with a new management side alongside him.
The club also welcomed Holyport legends Lee Ovens and Daniel Rapley into the Reserves as joint managers along with Nick Philips as coach. The club also welcomed three junior sides to the club to improve their offering to the local community in their 125th Anniversary year.
With membership and crowd attendances rising, we have ambitious plans to continue to develop the infrastructure at the club.
Naturally, we want to support our sponsors and build them in to our club on a strategic level — allowing all of our partners to benefit from our ever-improving facilities, expanding audience and our community involvement.