The news and timing of joining 90 other local organisations in support of the club is slightly bitter sweet as during week two of the new sponsorship, the league that the Hoops play in; the Vanarama National League South was cancelled with immediate effect.
Clubs in the league had been asked to vote on their preferred outcome of the campaign after a £10m government grant expired last month. And 24 of the 43 sides in both the National Leagues North and South opted for the season to be declared null and void.
We know this is a massive blow for City, who were fourth in the table, unbeaten since December and wanted to play on.
But we remain optimistic. In the past 12 months, in particular, we have spent a lot of our time working with clients and business that have had to pause, close and then reopen after a period of furlough or due to lockdown. And that, along with the other 90 commercial partners I am sure, is what we intend to do for Oxford City.
The Business Club we are members of as part of our new deal gives business owners the perfect platform to share ideas and network with local organisations associated with the football club. Ultimately, being involved in the Business Club helps us help the club make a real difference to the local community.
We were buoyed by these words from Mick Livesey, Commercial Director, Oxford City FC.
“I am delighted to welcome Cypher as one of our latest commercial partners. I am so proud that our commercial partners are the best in the business, they have our back, and they support us. Alongside them, Oxford City is ready and willing to carry on being a vehicle for positivity in the community and a beacon of positivity for everyone in Oxfordshire. Anything in the future is possible.”