Matthew Neville

Oxford City FC announces “ground-breaking” partnership and new stadium name

Wetherby based EV charging specialist RAW Charging has announced a sponsorship agreement with Oxford City Football Club and the implementation of a Charge Yard outside the football stadium.

The two-year sponsorship deal will see Oxford City FC’s stadium be renamed the “RAW Charging Stadium”, and RAW will also sponsor the team’s kit.

The Charge Yard will be the largest that RAW has opened and will have a mix of DC and AC chargers, with 16 charging bays for visitors to use. Initially, there will be 8 DC chargers, offering 150kW and 300kW along with 2 AC chargers.

With an estimated 45 per cent of drivers needing to charge their EV’s away from home, EV charging is said to be a “valuable addition” to Oxford City FC. The Charge Yard can be used by anyone and is situated off the A40, close to the nearby John Radcliffe Hospital.

According to RAW, Oxford is the “fastest growing city in the UK for EV infrastructure”, said to be leading the way with low carbon roads and RAW’s Charge Yard, thus setting an example for towns and cities across the UK.

The Charge Yard will aid the growing demand for EV charging, as more drivers switch to electric vehicles ahead of the 2030 government ban of new petrol and diesel cars. Drivers can opt to charge their vehicle whilst visiting the stadium or the local area.

Bruce Galliford, CEO, RAW Charging, commented: “We’re excited to be working with Oxford City Football Club to launch a new Charge Yard and to sponsor them as a team. RAW’s roots are in Oxford, although we now operate across Europe, so it is great to work and support the local team, Oxford City Council and the wider community.

Justin Merritt, Oxford City director of football, added: “This is a ground-breaking partnership for not just the football club, but for our community. We are committed to making the club sustainable and providing the community with first class infrastructure and facilities and this partnership helps deliver that.”

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