Swift looking for 2009 sponsorship deal
Supporters invited to get involved
TeamYou - the team which will be financed by the public
Racing was the UK’s first UCI-registered professional women’s cycling
team in 2006 and has grown every year since, developing and showcasing the
best talent in women’s international cycling. The team's palmares speaks
for itself, with riders including: European Track Champion, National Cyclo-Cross
Champion, National U23 Road Race Champion, National Criterium Champion,
World Cup Medals. 2008 was the most successful year to date, but the team
needs your help to continue winning.
As is the case in all professional cycling teams, money is limited and funding comes from the goodwill and financial support of sponsors. On their part, Swift Racing contains cyclists ranked in the top five of the world who ride and race week-in, week-out, for no financial return.
Racing is feeling the pinch, the recent downturn in global economic fortune
has caused the title sponsor, Swift Motorhomes to withdraw their
support for the team. According to team manager, Stefan Wyman, "Swift
Motorhomes, to whom we owe a great deal of gratitude and support, have
decided that because of the economic climate they cannot sponsor us next
year. In simple terms, this means that there is a risk we may not be able to
race next season and the team will have to fold."
continues "In order for Swift Racing to continue next year, we
need to raise funds now and we’re turning to our fans and supporters who
have backed, cheered and urged the team on throughout all our races so far,
to help us do this.
"Just as facebook, YouTube and MySpace are all about user-generated content; we’ve decided to create a user-generated cycling team. We’re offering supporters the opportunity to donate money to purchase a part of our squad, giving them a share of what will soon become ‘Team You’."
we find our next title sponsor, we will be called Team You, reflecting your
input to your new team." Wyman concluded. Team Swift is
therefore taking a different approach to the biggest job in all cycling
teams - raising sufficient funds to allow the team to operate. Including the
public in such a venture has not been tried in women's cycling before.
levels of sponsorship, to meet all budgets
Team Swift / Team You Official Information
can be made directly, online via PayPal. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
cheque payment is accepted - contact Stefan Wyman via email : email@example.com
The benefits of the different sponsorship levels
– £25 > Bronze sponsorship
copy of our quarterly e-newsletter, with behind-the-scenes news, updates,
diary entries, rider photos/postcards and race reports direct from the
riders. You choose your donation, but for payments of £10 and over we’ll
also send you a signed team photo/postcard.
> Silver sponsorship
of the above, plus your name on our website and a mention in our quarterly
newsletter. You will also have
access to a private web forum where you can directly ask the rider and staff
questions about them and the team.
> Gold sponsorship
of the above, plus a Team You cycling jersey (signed by the riders, if you
prefer) plus the opportunity to meet the team at a race event and ride in
the team car at selected events.
> Corporate sponsorship
£10,000+ we can offer co-sponsorship of the team. Please contact us
directly for more information. This will include a place on our team jersey
and vehicles along with the other personalised benefits.
sponsorships last for 12 months unless otherwise stated.
was an amazing year for our team. 2009 could be even better. All we need is
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