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Bees buzzing after official launch
 Women's Football News 21 Jan 2014
 
Bees buzzing after official launch - 21 Jan 2014 - Women's Football News

 
London Bees launched themselves formally on Monday with news of a huge sponsorship agreement and kit deal. 
 
The WSL2 newcomers held an official launch at The Hive, where they will play their home matches, with Chairman Tony Kleanthous announcing a ground-breaking partnership with Stanmore College to become the club's main sponsor and official education partner, which could amount to £500,000 over three years.
 
The sponsorship aims to aid the development of women's football and also offers a pathway for students that want to get involved in the sports industry with educational work experience. From catering to match day stewarding, The Hive will be a full training facility for those looking to pursue a career in sport.
 
A deal has also been agreed with the German sportswear company JAKO to be the official kit supplier to the London Bees.
 
Stanmore College offers its students a wealth of provision, an excellent experience and top class teaching from highly skilled staff. Based in Stanmore, Greater London, the college provides a range of vocational as well as academic provision. The college has grown within the sector by developing its higher education provision. Bespoke training is available to businesses (delivered in house or at business premises) and the College is also involved with apprenticeships.
 
Commenting on the announcement, Jacqui Mace, Principal of Stanmore College, said: "Stanmore College is delighted to sponsor the London Bees. This exciting new ladies football club, which will operate from top class facilities, fits exactly with our vision to bring the very best employability skills to our students and provide the 'direct line of sight to work' which is so important for young people in today's challenging economic environment. Our students will have the opportunity to design the website, work in a variety of media, security and hospitality roles, build a business plan and more - all supervised by quality staff.
 
"We hope that members of the ladies team will choose Stanmore College as their education provider as we will be able to offer a whole range of A levels, vocational courses and higher education options - not just sport! We plan to harness the excitement of the London Bees and use it for the benefit of all our students as well as making a significant contribution to the local economy and community."
 
JAKO is one of the biggest team outfitters in Germany. They are a team sport specialist with a big history in football. The brand is distributed into more than 50 different countries across Europe and the rest of the world. JAKO is one of only a few brands that accommodates women's football and offers a bespoke tailored woman's fit in kit and teamwear.
 
Hans Werkle and Paul Todd, of JAKO export UK, said: "We are proud to be the official kit supplier of the London Bees. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in this brand new football team for London and we look forward to growing with them."
 
Tony Kleanthous, Chairman of the London Bees, said: "We are pleased to welcome Stanmore College on board as our official education partner. In Stanmore College we have a sponsor who not only values women's football, but are also committed to enhancing the women's game to a broader audience. We are very excited about the sponsorship and giving the opportunity to the students of Stanmore College to gain both work and educational opportunities with the London Bees and at The Hive.
 
"The team crest and kit have been designed by the students of Stanmore College and we hope that students across the whole of London will come to The Hive and create a carnival atmosphere cheering on the London Bees.
 
"Whichever team you support in London, be it Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea or whoever, this is an independent team which carries the London name and we hope you will unite to get behind us."
 
London Bees' first competitive match will be on Sunday 9th February when they play away to Leeds United in the Third Round of the F.A.Women's Cup.

 
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