Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents 

We are delighted to have been the original sponsors of Brighton's inclusive rugby team, Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents.

Back in 2015, we were approached by their Chairman and Captain when they didn't even have a team. All they had was a passion and an enthusiasm to add to the Community by encouraging new players to join the fun....

 

We were delighted to help out...

 

We bought the team strip for them, we shared our Social Media networks and dedicated a page on our website to encourage them along. We hosted many evenings for them to raise funds and profile. All part of what a Community Pub should be doing to bring a Community together...

 

The team was formed, playing their first game on 20th February 2016...

 

After their home games, buffets were happily laid on to feed both the Serpents and their opponents....

 

We were delighted they made their home at The Camelford....

Success led to more success, and, after a few stumbles, they performed magificently the next year at the Union Cup in Madrid...

 

We threw them a 'Welcome Home Party!' in their honour...

With their profile raised, and the team successfully launched, all was going well...

 

We had regular meetings to discuss how to improve our sponsorship plan...

 

The following postings show the support we gave....

 

(The story continues below)...

Then one afternoon, a week before Pride 2018, we received an email out of the blue from their Shirt Manufacturers. They asked us for full and urgent payment for their new strips...

 

'A bit cheeky', we thought, given that we hadn't  actually met with the Chairman and Captain to discuss this....

 

We checked the designs for the new shirts....

 

And only THEN, by reading the invoice sent to us and looking at the shirt designs, did we find out we had been dumped as sponsors of the team.....

 

(Yes, we really were being asked to pay for the new shirts displaying their new sponsor's name. We thought that was 'very cheeky indeed!').

 

To this day, neither the Club Chairman nor Club Captain have picked up the phone to us to let us know we are no longer a feature in their on-going story.

 

Even a little 'Thank You for Your Support from the Very Beginning' would have been appreciated. Alas, we are still waiting for the phone to ring.

 

Not quite how we had expected to be treated all those years ago when we supported them when they didn't even have a team. Not quite how we thought 'Rugby People' behaved....

 

Oh well, life moves on...

 

Our reason for posting this message is because we are very proud to have been a part of this success story. We never stopped our support and were happy to continue to do so.

 

We wish all the teams, players, supporters  and all rugby fans (and new sponsor) all the very best of luck.

 

Everyone is always welcome into The Camelford.

 

 


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