Otley College in Suffolk, the Further and Higher Education centre of excellence for land-based professions, has signed a preferred supplier agreement with Ransomes Jacobsen, the Ipswich-based turf maintenance equipment manufacturer. (Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company).
The agreement will see Otley supported with a selection of Ransomes Jacobsen equipment, which will be used to maintain and improve their sports facilities, especially the college's grass sports field. This was opened in the summer of 2008 and since coming on stream has been used for archery, cricket, football, rugby and outdoor education.
In recognition of the agreement a ceremony took place recently where the sports facilities were renamed to reflect the Ransomes Jacobsen support - The Ransomes Jacobsen Sports Field.
Rob Storer, Director of Land-based studies said, "This is an exciting partnership that will bring important benefits to the college. Ransomes Jacobsen has a superb world-wide reputation and a history of supporting education both regionally and nationally and we are delighted to be working with them.
"The agreement will mean that our students will receive expert advice from some of the best land-based practitioners around and our improved sports fields will inevitably benefit the lives of the students and the local community."
Tim Lansdell from Ransomes Jacobsen added, "Helping with pro-active, educational training is an important facet of the business and this agreement with Otley College allows us to make a significant contribution to a leading education provider in the region. It builds on an existing partnership with the college and we are looking forward to continuing our excellent relationship for many years to come."
For more information on Ransomes Jacobsen products visit: www.ransomesjacobsen.com
Image: Staff and students from Otley College with representatives from Ransomes Jacobsen at the naming of the sports field.