Leiston Town FC partnered with EDF Energy to bring Suffolk football fans a bank holiday derby bonanza
Leiston Town home games at Victory Road against Suffolk rivals Lowestoft Town and Needham Market Town will be sponsored by EDF Energy – providing a Christmas and Easter footballing feast.
The deal is part of an ongoing relationship between Leiston Town and EDF Energy’s nearby Sizewell B power station, and its Sizewell C development project.
Just two weeks after the new season’s fixtures were announced, the traditional Boxing Day and Easter Monday games provided Suffolk derbies.
Leiston FC chairman Andy Crisp was delighted with the deal which means Suffolk football fans can look forward to shorter journeys to matches at key holiday times.
“The Boxing Day and Easter Monday matches in the football calendar are always special and significant, and to have two home derbies against our nearest rivals on these key days is something the club and all the fans are really looking forward to.”
“We have a great relationship with EDF Energy and we know the Sizewell B and Sizewell C teams are genuinely part of our fanbase, so this is excellent for us as an ambitious club.”
Sizewell C Community Relations Manager John McNamara said supporting the main local team nearest the Sizewell site was important to the company, which operates the Sizewell B power station, and is taking forward plans to build Sizewell C.
“As soon as the fixtures were released we wanted to step in and be part of these great Suffolk football derbies. We’re really looking forward to them too as our local employees are involved in local grass- roots football and this is a nice way to show our support .”
Leiston’s first game of the season is fast approaching, with the season-opener at home at Victory Road on Saturday, 12 August against newly-promoted Dorking Wanderers.
EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.
It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.
EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.
The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.
The Better Plan is EDF Energy's framework for being a sustainable and responsible energy business and is an integral part of EDF's 2030 vision to be the efficient, responsible electricity company, and champion of low-carbon growth. The Better Plan is underpinned by comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.
EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.
To find out more about the UK's energy challenges visit: www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/