Sports equipment firm Mark Harrod backs Suffolk FA Football Futures scheme

Mark Harrod of Mark Harrod Ltd, centre, with Paige Shorten, Suffolk FA leader officer for the Footba

Mark Harrod of Mark Harrod Ltd, centre, with Paige Shorten, Suffolk FA leader officer for the Football Futures programme, and Nathan French, Suffolk FA county development manager, at Portman Road. - Credit: Archant

Sports equipment manufacturer Mark Harrod Ltd has extended its sponsorship link with the Suffolk FA.

The Beccles-based company has sponsored the FA’s Groundsman of the Year competition for the past four seasons and owner Mark Harrod has now agreed also to sponsor its Football Futures programme, which supports the development of young leaders in the county.

Both deals run until the end of the 2015-16 season.

Football Futures offers a wide range of opportunities enabling young leaders to gain experience across themes including refereeing, running events, running and developing the game, promoting the game and being a Respect ambassador.

Mr Harrod said: “Mark Harrod Ltd is delighted to be strengthening our ties with Suffolk FA by supporting the Football Futures programme.

“I believe that the programme offers young leaders a huge amount of experience that will prove invaluable not only to the football industry but also to the wider world.”

Paige Shorten, Football Futures lead officer at Suffolk FA, said: “This is a great opportunity for the Football Futures programme to be sponsored by Mark Harrod.

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“We now have over 70 new Football Futures signed onto our programme in Suffolk. These young volunteers help support Suffolk FA and their local clubs every week so that ever player has the best experience when playing football in Suffolk.”

Anyone aged from 14 to 22 would like to get involved should contact Paige Shorten via email to

Mark Harrod Ltd is one of the UK’s leading sports equipment manufacturers and has supplying schools, colleges, local authorities, contractors and sports clubs all over the country for many years.

Lifelong Ipswich Town fan Mark Harrod is the club’s exclusive supplier of sports equipment, providing everything from training equipment to goals.