U.K. self-storage operator Big Yellow was recently invited to the House of Lords for a tea party, thanks to one of the sports teams it sponsors, the Southwark Tigers Rugby Club. On April 10, Lord Tim Clement-Jones held a reception for 100 of the team's players, parents, volunteers and sponsors, thanking them for all the work they do for the club.
The Southwark Tigers is the first inner-city rugby club for young people in England. The club has more than 150 players, with teams at all ages from 6 to 16.
“Our parents were pleased to be recognized for the work that they do for the club. And it was great for me to be able to thank [Big Yellow] personally," said Vernon Neve-Dunn, founder of the Southwark Tigers. Southwark Tigers receives all its finding from sponsors. It costs c £20,000 per year to run the club.
During the event, attendees had access to a terrace overlooking the Thames. One of the parents made a Tigers cake, and the children performed the "Tigers Haka," a new dance they intend to do before each match. All the sponsors were given framed photographs of the players signed "In grateful thanks for your generous help and support."
Big Yellow Group PLC operates 66 self-storage locations in the United Kingdom under the Big Yellow Self Storage brand name, with most concentrated in Greater London. The portfolio comprises 4.2 million square feet.