Community groups across the area were given free entry to watch Gosport Borough FC thanks to its new sponsors.
Last Saturday’s home game against Chelmsford City was generously supported by Gosport-based telecommunications firm Aerial Direct, who supplied free tickets to all who applied in a celebration of the new deal.
The community day held at Gosport’s Privett Park was deemed a huge success.
Over 3,000 tickets were made available, with a huge uptake from the local community and fans further afield.
People came from as far afield as Scotland, Sussex and Dorset attended the match, which finished 2-1 to Gosport.
Richard Harper, marketing manager for Aerial Direct added: ‘We have been fully committed to this partnership since day one and the Aerial Direct community day is another way for us to share our success with the club and local area.
‘We hope that with our continued support The Boro’ will enjoy the same success on the pitch, and what better way than to give as many people as possible the chance to come down and cheer the team on.’
The tickets were distributed to individuals and groups on a first-come, first-served basis with local groups and schools enjoying a large number.
All local infant schools were given tickets alongside Gosport Borough’s youth section Gosport Falcons FC.
Other groups to benefit included Gosport Scouts, HMS Sultan, HMS Collingwood, St Vincent College, Bay House School, Bridgemary School, Brune Park School, Lee-on-the-Solent Golf Club, Felpham Community College Bognor Regis and many local businesses.
The community day was a part of the celebrations surrounding the new sponsorship deal between Aerial Direct and Gosport Borough FC.
This includes shirt sponsorship and the renaming of Gosport Borough’s home ground as the Aerial Direct Stadium.
Aerial Direct is an independent provider of mobile phone communications and a direct partner to O2. They are based in Quay Lane, Gosport.