10th February 2018, 08:55
Commercial Corner with Mark Hannigan
In the second edition of Commercial Corner, Mark Hannigan gives an update regarding the club’s off-field dealings in the past month.
The 2018 Betfred Championship season is a week old but the countdown to kickoff at the Olympic Legacy Park is still ongoing as excitement builds for #TheEaglesReturn to Sheffield.
It’s a busy time for everyone at the Eagles and Hannigan explains what’s been going on from the club’s standpoint.
“We have been doing some work with Kinspeed, one of our sponsors who have very kindly printed all the names and numbers on to the kits this year,” Hannigan explained.
“The players have got the names of their sponsors on the kits as well so each shirt, home and away, is individual to the player.
“The replicas have got Harsco on the back.
“They’re all done and sorted now and there’s still a few available if anybody wants to sponsor a player, mainly for the away kits.”
The club has a great partnership with a number of different businesses and this was shown during a hectic day last month.
“The Eagles are patrons of the Chamber of Commerce so it’s good to be at those sort of events” Hannigan added.
“The Archer Project also had a launch for their London Marathon bid so while Mark (Aston) and Matt James attended the Championship launch, myself and Matty went up to the Chamber lunch and Baz Gascoyne went to the marathon bid on behalf of our charity.
“It was quite a busy day really!
“We got to meet about 15 to 20 different organisations including a few of our sponsors who were there.
“It was really positive and it was great to take Matty as the players and Mark are the marketable assets of this club.”
Hannigan also responded to a suggestion made by a supporter on social media about a possible ‘Eagles Day’ at the Olympic Legacy Park.
“It is something we are sorting out,” he said.
“We did the open training session last month which was well attended on a cold, wet day but it was good to see the fans there.
“We want to show the fans the OLP but the biggest issue we have is time, getting the day put together around all the other stuff we have to do to get the OLP ready for London on the 4th March.
“Fingers crossed we’ll get something in the diary for early to mid-March.
“But we have also got the big game against Toronto which we’ll be making a real song and dance about so watch out for further news on that one.”
At such an exciting time for the club, Hannigan is striking while the iron is hot while also enjoying his time at the Eagles.
“I love being part of the club and getting involved,” he commented..
“It’s interesting to see how professional sport works from behind-the-scenes and obviously Chris and Mark saw value in what I could do.
“I’m enjoying it, we’re getting stuck in and making great steps forward off the pitch and the first of that we’ve seen with the kits.
“We’re going to be launching a new initiative soon called the 1998 Club so details are to follow with that.
“We have also got a Challenge Cup dinner on the 2nd May too so watch this space.”
By Dan Fowler