Independent travel agent Westoe Travel is hoping to set the Mariners off on the road to success – after agreeing a deal to continue as the club’s official travel sponsor until at least the end of the 2017-18 campaign.
The company, which has been a backer of the club for a number of seasons, will also provide coaches for all players and club staff for the journey to Wembley, with the Buildbase FA Vase final to take place on Sunday, May 21.
The company, based on Westoe Road, South Shields, was this week visited by South Shields player Barrie Smith, with hundreds of Mariners supporters having already booked travel packages for Wembley through the club’s official travel sponsor.
South Shields FC commercial manager Alisha Henry said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Westoe Travel, who have shown us fantastic support throughout the season.
“The way they – and many other businesses – have got behind the club has been incredible, and we’re so grateful for their backing.
“Agreeing to sponsor the travel costs of the team and staff members for the trip to London is a superb gesture and further underlines Westoe Travel’s support.
“We’re also thrilled that the sponsorship deal has been extended through to the end of next season, when the club will be competing in the Evo-Stik League with much greater travelling distances to away matches.
“If the demand is there, Westoe Travel will be putting on coaches for supporters to attend those games, so this partnership will hopefully continue to reap benefits for all concerned.”
Westoe Travel are arranging travel packages for supporters to get to the FA Vase final, offering a number of options, from day return by coach to one night stays by coach or rail, and two night stays by rail.
The company makes a donation to the Mariners for every supporter who books with them.
In previous rounds of the FA Vase, including the trips to Team Solent and Coleshill Town, Westoe Travel has arranged travel for supporters, with packages proving popular.
Graeme Brett, director of Westoe Travel, said: “We have been amazed at the fantastic support for the team and the number of supporters wishing to travel to Wembley for this historic day.
“As a result, we are delighted to have been able to confirm to the club that Westoe Travel will sponsor the travel costs of the team for the FA Vase final.
“We have had tremendous support from the residents of South Tyneside for 28 years and we are delighted to be able to support our local football team.”
Westoe Travel still has availability for travel to the final, while the company is also organising coaches for the Durham Challenge Cup final against Billingham Synthonia on Wednesday, May 3 at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park, and the last league game of the season, at Guisborough Town, on Saturday, April 22.
For more information or to book, call Westoe Travel on 0191 455 2292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit the South Shields FC section of their website at http://www.westoetravel.co.uk/
Main image – Westoe Travel director Graeme Brett with South Shields player Barrie Smith
Second image – Barrie Smith, Graeme Brett and South Shields FC commercial manager Alisha Henry
Third image – Barrie Smith, flanked by Graeme Brett, helps out with phonecalls on his visit to Westoe Travel