Chester Football club will launch of a brand new website tomorrow (Friday 30th), which has been developed through a year-long collaboration with the technical experts at principal sponsors, MBNA.
As part of the partnership between the two organisations, a team of Digital Apprentices from MBNA volunteered their time to build the new site from scratch, according to a brief provided by the Vanarama National League club.
Mark Maguire, Chief Executive of the Chester FC, said: “This is a really important moment for us, and it’s a perfect example of how we can maximise the value of the community partnership between ourselves and MBNA.
“The support we receive in terms of their sponsorship is hugely significant, but I would suggest that this type of project elevates the partnership to new levels.
“It really does demonstrate MBNA’s commitment to immerse themselves in the community and actively help the clubs growth.
“We inherited a web solution which needed updating and have been approached by a number of companies proposing alternative solutions at significant costs.
“For MBNA to provide the level of expertise they have – to allow us to brief their team as a professional client – to then end up with a result which I think visitors to the site will agree is a Premier League standard website, is simply phenomenal.
“We are grateful to the volunteers from MBNA and Board Members and volunteers at the club, who have donated countless hours to this project.
“We are also delighted to announce the launch of ‘Chester FC TV’, which will be a free to air/no subscription video channel, where highlights, interviews and behind the scenes content will be constantly updated.
“We don’t simply want to set the standard for the National League, but also aim to become a benchmark for many football clubs across the country.”
Mark Elliott, director of Corporate Affairs at MBNA, said: “MBNA has supported Chester FC in various ways since we first set up in Chester in 1993.
“For half a dozen years now we have been principal sponsor of the First Team and have made donations to the club’s Charitable Trust, which does such important work right across the city.
“Digital is a huge part of our business nowadays – and our Digital Apprentices are a sign of our commitment to investing in future technology.
“The Apprentices themselves came up with this incredible idea to volunteer their expertise to overhaul the Chester FC website.
“They’ve benefitted by enhancing their digital skills – and the club has a top notch website into the bargain. This unique collaboration between one of the city’s largest firms and the fan-owned club is a real win-win for the City of Chester.”
The website will officially go live on Friday 30th June 2017 – and will retain its URL of www.chesterfc.com.