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Non League Newton Aycliffe want to increase links with the local business community and has drawn up a range of new options for the 2014-15 season

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County Durham club Newton Aycliffe, who currently play in the Ebac Northern League first division, want to increase links with the local business community and has drawn up a range of new options for the 2014-15 season.

And its Moor Lane Park stadium, one of the Northern League’s youngest grounds, is up for grabs to firms who buy into the scheme.

Businesses are asked to buy a ‘ticket’ for just £100, with the winner being drawn at random and getting exclusive naming rights to Moore Lane Park - a package worth £5,000 a year.

There will also be runner-up prizes of pitchside perimeter advertising boards (worth £300) as well as match and matchball sponsorship packages worth up to £100.

It means every business which buys a ticket will win something in return for its investment.

The initiative is being backed by John Finley, Managing Director of Aycliffe firm Finley Structures, which earlier this year won a high-profile, 2,000-tonne contract from Shepherd Construction to work on Hitachi Rail Europe’s £82m train-building factory on Aycliffe Business Park.

Mr Finley provided the steel for a new stand at Moore Lane Park three years ago which enabled the club to gain promotion to the Northern League first division.

He said: “I think this is a fantastic initiative by Newton Aycliffe FC and a great way for businesses to support their local football club, but also to get something for their money at the same time.

“We’ve always been big supporters of the club and we think it’s important for local firms to do their bit.

“Aycliffe’s success in recent years has been phenomenal, but with that success comes the added expense of running a club at a top non-league level, and I’ve always been hugely impressed by the army of volunteers who give up their time to run the club.

“Supporting local sport is a nice to do, but there is also great satisfaction from investing a little and helping to play your part.“

JB

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