The Northern Football League
Published 3rd June 2012
....manufacturer, and becomes the Ebac Northern League with immediate effect.
The magnificent new deal was announced by league chairman Mike Amos at the annual meeting, at Northallerton Town, on Saturday. “It’s a huge fillip for us, a wonderful vote of confidence from one of the best known and most respected companies in the region,” said Amos.
Ebac chairman John Elliott, who is also West Auckland Town’s president, said he was “proud and delighted” to have become the League’s principal sponsor. “I was born and raised in west Durham and know how much Northern League football means to the communities it serves. It’s a vital part of North-East culture and the standard of football is higher than it’s been for a long time.”
The sponsorship will also be used to fund the league’s acclaimed `Secret Shopper` initiative, which aims to tackle offensive language and inappropriate behaviour and which will be launched at the start of season 2012/13. “That sort of behaviour adds nothing and can potentially take quite a lot away,” said Elliott.
Ebac, which employs 200 people on the Aycliffe industrial estate, recently became a £30m trust aimed at securing and promoting manufacturing in south Durham.
Elliott, who holds the MBE and is a deputy Lieutenant of County Durham, is expected to take an active interest in the running of the league. “He’s a man of firm views and innovative ideas and we greatly look forward to working with him for five years and hopefully much longer,” said Amos.
The league was previously sponsored by STL, the Stanley-based training provider.