Widnes Wild Ice Hockey Club was formed when Silver Blades Ice Rink in Widnes was first opened and was one of the newest ice hockey clubs in Great Britain. They were formed to bring the Olympic Sport of Ice Hockey to Halton, Cheshire and Merseyside and compete in the National Ice Hockey Leagues Laidler Conference.
Over the past six seasons the Wild have established themselves as one of the most competitive and successful ice hockey teams culminating in the team winning the 2016/17 Laidler Playoff Championships, the 2017/18 Laidler Playoff Championships and the 2018/19 Division 2 North League.
As well as the senior team the club is also responsible for ice hockey junior teams development and teams, who train and improve promising players from a young age through to the teenage years. As a result, any sponsorship and cover both junior and senior programmes if appropriate.
Home games regularly sell out with over 400 fans at each home game, a highlights package on YouTube, we have a huge following on social media and a footfall of over 20,000 people a week through the rink. As well as 18 home league games we play 18 away games plus friendlies and charity games. In addition, we have the highly popular Time to Go Wild weekly radio show on HCR 92.3 FM on Monday nights at 7pm which is then released as a podcast on YouTube shortly after the show.
Although ice hockey is a full-contact game played at speed, the belief that it is rough is totally unfounded. Clashes between opposing players can occasionally end up in some “fisticuffs” – that has always been part of the game and is part of the attraction for many ice hockey fans. The players themselves are very well protected and rarely get injured, much as in any other sport.
The Wild also have a strong history of supporting the community and have a Community Development Officer who provides opportunities in schools and in the wider community to encourage all members of the community to get involved in healthy lifestyle activities. The season we have partnered with Halton Haven Hospice to raise most funds and media profile for their events.
Without the continued support of the owners of Silver Blades ice rink and local businesses, it would not be possible to compete at Wilds current level or achieve our ambitions.
Widnes Wild are looking for local businesses to come on board for the current and future seasons and support them by taking out one of our excellent value for money sponsorship packages which can be tailored to suit your individual requirements and budget.
The club believes that if you wish to take part in promoting your business and providing valuable funds for the club, they can, in return, offer many things including the opportunity to:
- Exposure to all our fans at home games, social media, as well as local and national press opportunity to utilize Widnes Wild branding and players to support your company
- Promote your company, brand, products and services to a vast target market through our very popular website and home venue
- Increase your company profile and awareness throughout Widnes, Runcorn, Cheshire, Merseyside and beyond
- Generate new business and new income through brand awareness
- Entertain your corporate clients and guests at a home game
- Providing networking opportunities with our existing sponsors.
There are a variety of different packages that can all be tailored to suit your own requirement and budget, so please contact the club for further information on any of the packages below.
We’re also happy to discuss any other opportunities you can think of, for us to work in partnership please get in touch to discuss your ideas further.
Main Sponsors Package
(no longer available for 2019/20 season)
The main sponsor of the Widnes Wild, you will have your company branding on the prominent chest area of the teams home and away shirts. Your branding will be highly visible on all player portrait photographs taken and re-produced in all forms of media used, as well as throughout our official website.
- You will also have advertisements at each home game with high profile corporate branding on our website with links to your company website.
- As a bonus to this sponsorship, a match night sponsorship is also included in this fantastic package, along with ten season-long match night passes.
- An advertising board can be fitted at rink level or elsewhere within the arena upon negotiation with rink management can also be included within this offer.
- Along with all of this your branding will be announced in association with Widnes Wild at home games and in every press release your branding will be included as well as all posts onto social media sites.
Playing Shirts Sponsorship
You can have your company’s logo displayed on the teams’ shirts – different areas of the shirt are available for differentiated prices.
Shoulder: A company logo ¼ approximately 175mm x 75mm placed on the arm/shoulder area of all players shirts. This package includes 4 season tickets for a full price of £750.
Top of Back: A company logo placed at the top of the back area of all player shirts. This prominent positioning of the patch offers an excellent value alternative to the main corporate sponsor package at £1,500 and includes six season tickets.
Bottom of back: A company logo placed at the bottom of the back area of all players shirts. This package includes two season tickets for the whole season and costs £500.
Warm Up Shirts: The Wild players wear warm up shirts pre-game whilst warming up and these highly popular shirts can all be be sponsored at negotiable prices depending on what is required and is available.
Your company logo will be seen on photos that are taken during a match which are frequently used within our website and also within the local media. With this sponsorship, your company will have branding on our website with links to your business website. This package will also include 4 season tickets. This sponsorship is limited for up to 3 spaces and will cost £750 a sponsor.
Man Of The Match Sponsorship
This sponsor will present and award the man of the match at the end of the game including having their photo taken with the player, where their company brand will be included when the photo is used on the website. As an extra to this package you will be given 4 VIP match night tickets, this sponsorship package will cost £75.
Puck Drop Sponsorship
At £75 this a great value sponsorship package. With this sponsorship your company will be represented by beginning of the match by dropping the puck to start the game, this will include a photograph being taken and used on our website, representing your company/ brand. As an extra to this, you will be given 4 VIP match night tickets.
Get your company name put on the teams, Widnes Wild tracksuits, these may include your brand name being used on images in photos on our website or any other media sites that include these photos of any players from the team. This sponsorship package is currently priced at £500.
Penalty Box Sponsorship
The penalty box is often one of the most-used parts of the game! When a player infringes the rules, he is given a penalty by the referee and must go to the penalty box for two, five or ten minutes. The match night announcer will inform the spectators of the penalty details over the PA system. Each announcement will also contain the name of the penalty box sponsor giving your business fantastic exposure to the spectators attending. You’ll also receive four season tickets. This package is outstanding value at £720 for the season.
Match Night Sponsor
You will have your business advertised as the match night sponsor over the PA system during the game. You or your representatives can take part in a ceremonial puck drop before the game, and present the Man of the Match awards to the players at the end of the game with both events captured by our official photographer.
You would also be able to use this as an opportunity to market your business by handing out flyers at the main entrance prior to the match. This package includes up to ten VIP tickets for you to distribute to your advantage; friends, family, staff or customers. Match night sponsorship is priced at £250.
Other Sponsorship Packages
There are also other sponsorship packages available – please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
Other packages can include:
- Rink boards advertising
- Team socks
- Team tape
- Website sponsorship
- Own and Loan Player Shirts
- Puck sponsorship
- Dinky rink sponsorship
- Ice machine sponsorship
For further information please contact Mike Gilbert, Community Development Officer at Widnes Ice Rink on 0151 420 7930 firstname.lastname@example.org