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Local academies continue close ties with Rovers

Partner schools Aspire Academy and Archbishop Sentamu Academy will continue to enjoy close ties with Hull Kingston Rovers next season after renewing their kit sponsorship for 2017.

The two academies, which sit on the doorstep of the club in the heart of East Hull, have forged strong commercial and community partnerships with the Robins in recent years. Both have agreed to remain on board the new-look playing kits in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Aspire Academy and Archbishop Sentamu Academy will share the upper back sponsorship position on the home and away shirts next season and will continue to bring students to Rovers matches at the Lightstream Stadium in 2017, as well as receiving support from members of the first team squad throughout the year.

The academies, which count the likes of Liam Salter, Joe Wardill and Joe Cator as former pupils, also work closely alongside the Hull KR Community Trust on girl’s rugby and coaching, whilst Aspire Academy Principal Chris Mulqueen is on the Trust’s Board of Trustees.

Hull KR’s Head of Commercial Joe Clutterbrook said: “I believe all three of us are very proud of the tight-knit relationships we’ve forged over the past few years and I’ve no doubt this will continue into 2017.

“The two academies were amongst the first partners to get in touch with us after the Million Pound Game to say that nothing had changed in their eyes. They had always been committing to supporting the club for the benefit of the local community and they’re eager to get right behind us in the Championship.”

Chris Mulqueen, Principal at Aspire Academy, said: “Of course, it’s always positive and aspirational for our students to see their name on the club’s playing shirts, but the partnership has always been about so much more than kit sponsorship.

“We take our role in the local community very seriously, as does the club, and together we know we have an important role to play in the lives of many local people and supporters.

“It’s fantastic that we will continue to work closely together next season for the benefit of everybody involved.”

For more information on Aspire Academy and Archbishop Sentamu Academy, please visit www.aspirehull.com or www.sentamu.com

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