WTS.co.uk ‘stand up’ for the Grecians
It is with huge pleasure that Exeter City Football Club welcome WTS.co.uk as its newest major club partner, with WTS becoming both the main stand sponsor at St James Park (formerly the Flybe Stand, and now the WTS Stand), as well as the new sponsors of the shorts the team will play all League and Cup fixtures in this season.
WTS.co.uk is the largest supplier of coach drivers in the UK and is a hugely progressive business, working with companies across Europe and as far afield as China. Working out of their head offices in Exeter, WTS.co.uk has offices in London and Scotland and has in recent times been heavily involved in the London 2012 Olympic Games, including not just driver supply but accredited training as well.
Del Haggerty, MD of WTS (left) with Bruce Henderson, Business Development Manager of Exeter City Football Club
Mark Jenkins, Exeter City’s Commercial Manager (pictured far right), said: “We are delighted to have Del Haggerty and his company, WTS.co.uk, as club partners and are looking forward to developing even stronger bonds with them over the coming years.
“We have always got along with them and remained in contact and both parties felt the time was right to take the next step and use Exeter City Football Club as a way to further develop the WTS brand. It is such a progressive company, a market leader and as a club we want to be associated with successful brands and people who we share a common vision with. WTS fits both of those criteria.”
Del Haggerty, the Managing Director of WTS.co.uk (pictured second right), added: “We are extremely good at what we do and are growing dynamically in the UK and abroad. We enjoy football, we know the business reach of Exeter City, we know the respect they are held in and also know the potential of the young players they are developing. We believe in growing talent ourselves.
“More importantly, we like the feel and ethics of the club and the friendly way it welcomes people. Its approach and values match our own and we are very happy to be associated in such high profile ways with the club. We are also looking to develop the relationship further over the seasons ahead.”
Mark Jenkins (Senior Commercial Manager at Exeter City), Charlie Haggerty (Group Operations Manager at WTS), Del Haggerty (Managing Director at WTS) and Bruce Henderson (Business Development Manager at Exeter City) in front of the WTS.co.uk board
Football fans might recognize WTS as having previously sponsored Torquay United, with the company’s roots being from Torquay before developing Exeter as the main operational and administrative base. However, the company decided to step aside at Torquay to enable the club to seek other sponsors but in keeping with their origins and wish to continue to give something back to that area, will continue sponsor Torquay Ladies AFC for 2014/15. As Mark Jenkins remarked, “It is typical of WTS.co.uk that they don’t want to let the Gulls Ladies’ team down, regardless of becoming a major partner of the Grecians and we very much respect them for that.”
With the front of the club’s shirts taken by Flybe, Europe’s biggest short-haul airline, the back of the shirt by JMC Group, Europe’s largest supplier of Aircraft Engineering personnel, it is not only fitting that WTS.co.uk are the UK’s largest supplier of coach drivers and one of the largest in Europe, it is further proof that our community owned, cooperative based club has the confidence of the largest of companies to reach their target markets and help achieve their corporate objectives.