Proud spon­sors for 30 years

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When the win­ning cap­tain and coach of Saturday’s Hor­sham Dis­trict foot­ball grand fi­nal are pre­sented with the premiershi­p cup, they will have more than just a tro­phy in their hands – they will have 30 years of his­tory.

Hor­sham busi­ness Forty Winks has been the nam­ing rights spon­sor of the league’s most im­por­tant piece of sil­ver­ware for three decades, start­ing in 1990.

Not only that, but the busi­ness has been owned and op­er­ated by the Hayes fam­ily for that en­tire span, giving the league an in­cred­i­ble long­stand­ing con­nec­tion to one fam­ily.

It is some­thing Dis­trict league board mem­ber Fred Melling­ton be­lieves could be ‘un­par­al­leled in Aus­tralia’.

“To have one fam­ily spon­sor­ing the premiershi­p cup for 30 years is in­cred­i­ble,” he said.

“Maybe to have one busi­ness do­ing it has hap­pened, but one fam­ily? I’d like to know some­one who does it bet­ter.

“The league is in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for their sup­port over three decades.”

Forty Winks Hor­sham’s Peter Hayes said his con­nec­tion with the league stretched back to his fa­ther Bob, who was a player and in­ter­league coach.

When the cup’s pre­vi­ous spon­sor pulled out un­ex­pect­edly, Mr Hayes said his fam­ily jumped at the op­por­tu­nity. “It sounded like a good idea at the time and we just kept do­ing it,” he said.

“I think busi­nesses have a com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing lo­cal groups and sport­ing clubs.

“If busi­nesses sup­port clubs and they sup­port us, we can all help each other.”

Mr Hayes said he thor­oughly en­joyed pre­sent­ing the cup and had loved wit­ness­ing ev­ery­thing from un­der­dog tri­umphs to Kal­kee’s five flags in a row in the late 2000s and early 2010s.

He thanked his wife Di and Forty Winks staff mem­bers for their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.

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