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10th October 2004

Bolton Wanderers arrive at MPF Marbella before playing friendly match versus FC Sevilla

After a great start to the season, Bolton Wanderers decided to take advantage of the international break and traveled with the HI Group to MPF Marbella for 4 days of training, followed by a friendly match against FC Sevilla.

The team arrived at Malaga airport on the 31st August, and headed straight to the Hotel Westin La Quinta for lunch. Following which, after a short rest, they had their first training session at the MPF Marbella centre.

Later in the week, after a mornings training, the group enjoyed a team building afternoon at the Marbella Gun & Country Club, which was sponsored by Purple Estates and Currencies Direct - The group had a great afternoon and enjoyed the activities including Archery and Clay Pigeon Shooting.

On the morning of Saturday the 4th of September the team headed north to the “oven of Spain,” Seville, for a friendly match later that evening versus FC Sevilla.

The match, organized by the HI Group, drew a great crowd with approx 15,000 spectators there to cheer the local team along, and was also shown live on Spanish TV.

There was a lot of interest in the Bolton Players as they included Fernando Hierro (Ex national team captain and Real Madrid) and Ivan Campo (Spanish national team, Real Madrid & Mallorca).

Although the final result didn’t go Bolton’s way, with FC Sevilla winning 2-0, Bolton’s Manager, Sam Allardyce, was more than happy with the match as it had given him the opportunity to play some of his players returning from injury along with some of his new signings.

It was a real pleasure to welcome Bolton Wanderers to Spain and we wish them continued success in the Premiership and look forward to welcoming them back to Spain at some time in the future.

Leeds United Recruits Second Stand Sponsor for New Season

Support for Leeds United isn’t restricted to the terraces as they launch their bid for Premiership status this month, with a second Stand sponsor signing up in a matter of days.

HI Sports Marketing has arranged a two year deal, on behalf of national recruitment chain Prime Time Recruitment with the club.

Brent Pitcher PTR, Simon Webster (Commercial Manager, Leeds United), David Gallagher MD PTR, John Morris Sales Director PTR, Harry Bowden PTR, Wayne Elliott HI Sports Marketing, Steve Lewis (Sponsorship Mgr, Leeds United

Prime Time Recruitment, eager to raise its national and regional profile via its presence at Elland Road , has snapped up the opportunity to sponsor the South Stand. The company also comes on board as the Club’s official recruitment partner, and is keen to get involved in the Club’s successful community programme at Elland Road .

Simon Webster, Leeds United Commercial Manager, says: “It’s a triple bonus as far as Leeds is concerned. We benefit from the South Stand sponsorship as well as having a professional recruitment partner which is as committed to working in the community as we are.”

Prime Time’s Managing Director, David Gallagher , adds: “We see this as a long term partnership with one of the largest and best known football clubs in the country, if not the world. We are delighted to be working with them over the next two years.”

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