Proud sponsor Clive Ellis of CRE Electrical with Stars First Team Coach Joe Licciardi.
ASK any community sporting club and they will tell you how valuable sponsorship is for their ongoing survival.
Support from local businesses and organisations injects essential funds into a club and enables it to keep growing and thriving; for a young club like the Inverloch Stars Soccer Club this is especially true as the initial costs of setting up a club and keeping it afloat are always high in those first few vital years.
Thankfully the Stars have had great support from their sponsors, premium sponsors The One Stop Shop and Tint Professor have now supported the club for two years and the association will continue into the new season.
Other local businesses such as FCAA accounting, Vaughan’s Café Deli, Wonthaggi Medical Group, TNT Explosive Printing and I Choose Awesome Gym have all been invaluable contributors to the Stars.
Electrical and Data service company, CRE Electrical, recently came on board with a generous $500 sponsorship and talked about their reasons for supporting a local team.
“We have done a lot of business in Inverloch and we wanted to give something back to the community,” said Clive Ellis of CRE.
“Inverloch Stars are a real grassroots club and we were really attracted by their fantastic youth program.
“They seem really focussed on supporting kids’ sport and that is something we can get behind.”
Clive also acknowledged some particular challenges for the Stars.
“We heard about their struggles to get a ground in Inverloch and when we heard about their potential move to Thompsons Reserve in the town it seemed like a good time to get on board and show our support,” Clive said.
Inverloch Stars president Pat Gilbert is delighted with CRE’s sponsorship.
“With support from CRE and other sponsors, the club will be working hard to raise our profile both on and off the pitch this season,” he said.
“We are hoping more local businesses will come on board to be part of what will be an exciting year for the club as we settle in to our new home at Thompson Reserve.”
For this club, the sponsors really are the stars.