The Ryman Football League
Published 24th July 2012
.....Prospects College, who are a leading provider of vocational training in South Essex and Thames Gateway.
From the start of the 2012/13 season, the club`s stadium will be re-named and fully branded `The Prospects Stadium`. The deal also includes coverage throughout the clubs commercial opportunities.
Club director Chris Sutton commented: “To attract a business such as Prospects to the club shows what a strong foot print we have within the area. Our continued work throughout the community, especially the youth was a major factor in confirming the deal. The three-year deal fits nicely with the long term stability and growth plans for the football club. With Prospects opening their new campus on the Island later this year, this is a fantastic partnership for the Gulls!”
Neil Bates, Group Chief Executive of Prospects, added: “Prospects College is delighted to support Canvey Island Football Club. We will be opening a brand new vocational centre on the Island in December and this will provide excellent facilities, training and qualifications for young people in the area. Like the football club we want to open our doors to the local community and make Canvey a great place to live, work, and learn.”
The Stadium will be officially renamed at the club`s community open day on Saturday, 28st July when the Gulls take on Blue Square Bet South new boys AFC Hornchurch in a pre-season friendly.
Meanwhile, Canvey have announced the signing of 23-year-old central defender Rickie Hayles following an impressive trial period.
Hayles was part of the Hornchurch side that won promotion via the play-offs in 2011/12, featuring in both the semi-final and final victories against Bury Town and Lowestoft Town respectively.
Hayles and the rest of the Urchins' defence was the best in the Ryman Premier League in their promotion year, conceding only thirty-five goals in forty-two matches.
He has previously played for Thurrock, East Thurrock United, Tilbury, Eton Manor and Brentwood Town.