Ipswich-based Haven Power agrees deal to supply Suffolk FA as part of sponsorship extension

From left, Darren Scoulding of Suffolk FA with Marc Bradbrook, commercial director at Haven Power, o

From left, Darren Scoulding of Suffolk FA with Marc Bradbrook, commercial director at Haven Power, outside the company's Ipswich headquarters. Picture: Haven Power - Credit: Archant

Haven Power has extended its sponsorship of Suffolk FA’s popular Monday Night Football (MNF) League, in a deal which will also see the county football association get “green” electricity from the Ipswich-based energy retailer.

Haven has been supporting MNF since 2014, with its support having contributed to strong growth in the number of teams taking part in the initiative which offers an opportunity to play 11-a-side football for those for who other commitments prevent them playing in traditional weekend competitions.

Michael Cornall, senior football development officer for Suffolk FA, said: “Partnering with a well-known business gives the league credibility, as participating teams know it’s well run and administered. Having the financial support also reduces the cost to teams and players, helping increase participation.”

The deal also means that Suffolk FA will get its energy from Haven Power, meaning the power for its offices and all other facilities used by county association comes from renewable sources.

Suffolk FA marketing and communication officer Nick Garnham added: “We are eager to reduce our carbon emissions and help protect the environment, and this partnership allows us to do just that.”

Paul Sheffield, chief operating officer at Haven Power, said: “This is a great example of everything that Haven Power stands for. Not only are we supporting grassroots football in our local community, we’re also providing renewable energy to Suffolk FA.

“We have a team that plays in the Monday night league against other local businesses, so fully appreciate how important it is to support this. The fact we also help Suffolk FA in their mission to reduce carbon emissions further demonstrates how we work closely with our customers to reach their goals.”

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The popularity of programmes such as MNF has resulted in the Football Association nationally rolling out a flexible offer for 11v11 football.

Michael Cornall added: “It’s a big challenge to get people involved; playing on Saturdays at 3pm is no longer practical as you’re out of the house for a few hours and more people are working weekends. Monday night football offers a flexible slot which is just one hour and gives people a chance to play 11-a-side.”