Aberystwyth University will be the principal sponsor of Aberystwyth Town Football Club for the 2018-19 season. The University and ATFC have also agreed to jointly fund a new scholarship award for up to two players studying a degree course at Aberystwyth.
The first holder of the new scholarship will be first team player Matthew Jones from Aberystwyth, who will be starting an undergraduate degree programme in Sport and Exercise Science at the University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) in autumn 2018.
Professor Tim Woods, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Student Experience at Aberystwyth University, said: “Over the years, many of our students and staff have either supported or played for Aberystwyth Town Football Club, which was established back in the 19th century around the same time as the University. This new sponsorship and scholarship agreement builds on this continuing close relationship between the University and the club. It also promotes the important values of well-being and fitness, and opens up opportunities to sport and higher education.”
Aberystwyth Town Football Club Chairman Donald Kane, who is an alumnus of the University, said: "It is with great pleasure Aberystwyth Town Football Club announce that Aberystwyth University is to be our main sponsor for the 2018-19 season. As part of this agreement, the University will have a strong visual presence at our Park Avenue ground and on our website. It will also be named alongside the kit sponsor Cambrian Tyres on our playing strip from the first team down through all our academies, women and disabilities teams. We here at the Club see this sponsorship as a natural progression to the scholarship scheme with the University and we look to an even closer relationship over the coming years.”
The sponsorship agreement also includes giving Aberystwyth University students the opportunity to watch four designated ATFC Welsh Premier League games free every year and to use the club’s Park Avenue stadium for special sporting events.
Visitors attending the University’s main Open Days will be offered free entrance to home games.
Applications for next year’s Aberystwyth University and Aberystwyth Town Football Club scholarship are now open until 31 January 2019.
Successful candidates will play for Aberystwyth Town Football Club in the Welsh Premier League and also the Aberystwyth University BUCS football team when appropriate. The scholarship is supported by the University’s Aber Fund which receives donations from alumni all over the world. Further details are available on the University’s website: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/undergrad/scholarships.