West Hull ARLFC are being backed by PBS Construction during 2021 with the company agreeing to be the front of shirt sponsor for the first team.

The partnership had initially been due to start back in 2020 but with the season being postponed, it was put on hold. However, with the 2021 campaign up and running, the first team, who compete in League G of the National Conference League, are now carrying the PBS logo on the front of their playing shirts.

Brendon Smurthwaite, Community Manager at PBS, said:

“As a company we have really strong links with local sport and it’s nice to be able to extend those by supporting West Hull. It’s obviously been a tough time financially for all amateur sports clubs and hopefully our sponsorship will play a small part in helping West Hull to keep moving forward.”

Ryan McKenna, Open Age Manager at West Hull, added:

“PBS kindly sponsored our Academy shirts and some of the off-field wear in 2020 but obviously the season was cut short when Covid hit.

“When it came to 2021 we thought it was only right to have the same sponsors again without seeking extra sponsorship so I got in touch with the sponsors, including PBS, to make sure they were happy to continue partnering with us in 2021.

“Managing Director Glenn Smurthwaite promptly got back in touch to say the company were more than happy to continue with us and that they wanted to help us out with more sponsorship money too. We were not expecting that from any of our sponsors but it was a massive help to us and very much appreciated.

“It’s great to see successful local companies such as PBS supporting local grassroots sports like this in the difficult times we’ve all seen in the last 15 months or so. We look forward to continuing and hopefully developing a strong relationship with PBS for years to come.”

Ryan Steen (West Hull Captain) is pictured with Tom Leake from PBS.

PBS has continued its investment in the next generation by welcoming new apprentice James Stamp to the company.

James initially came to PBS from the Construction Skills Village for a work experience placement where he joined the site team currently working on the restoration of the historic South Cliff Gardens in Scarborough.

After making a really positive impression during his placement, James was offered a groundworks apprenticeship with the company. He will now work towards his Level 2 Groundworks qualification whilst also learning his trade on site.

Glenn Smurthwaite, Managing Director at PBS, said:

“It’s great to have James on board. When he came to us on work experience, everyone was hugely impressed by his attitude, work ethic and willingness to learn. We felt that during that time he earned the right to be given an opportunity and were more than happy to offer that.

“As a company we’re always keen to give the next generation a chance to get started in their career and I’m sure James will continue to thrive now he’s on board full time. I’d also like to thank the Scarborough Skills Village as they recommended James for work experience.

“We have a very good relationship with them and hopefully will be able to continue to work together going forward.”

Jenna Redmond, Employer Engagement Officer at the Scarborough Skills Village, added:

“It’s fantastic to see James going from strength to strength. I’ve been working with James over the past few months and seeing him out on site working with PBS is very rewarding. James has really come out of his shell, is working hard and has settled in great with the team at PBS.”

James is pictured with Alan Clarke (PBS Site Manager)

Wheeler Primary School in Hull has recently created a brand new construction play area for its Foundation Stage children and PBS was only too happy to play a small part by donating resources for the project.

The school took inspiration from ongoing construction works in their locality to create the new play area and already had some resources. However, they needed a number of road barriers which PBS donated, along with hi-viz vests, hard hats and safety glasses for the children to wear.

The area is now up and running with the children from the Foundation Stage regularly practicing their construction skills.

Tracy Johnson, Nursery Nurse at Wheeler Primary, said:

“Our Foundation Stage children are loving using our newly revamped construction area and we’re so grateful for the generous donations and support from PBS.”

Glenn Smurthwaite, Managing Director at PBS, added:

“When the school contacted us about helping out with some resources we were more than happy to offer our support. We’ve recently completed a big project on Anlaby Road, which isn’t too far from Wheeler Primary, and it was nice to hear that the school had maybe seen that and used it to help formulate their idea.

“As a business born and bred in Hull we’re always looking to support the local community and hopefully this small donation will help to make a big difference to Wheeler Primary.”

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