Middlesbrough Football Club’s new signing is set to make its mark at the stadium and the training ground – as its official security service provider.
Close Protection Security (CPS), a fast-expanding Teesside business, is now providing on-site security staffing at both the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough and Rockliffe Park at Hurworth-on-Tees, near Darlington.
A long-standing supporter of the football club, CPS extended its relationship with MFC this season when it became a Gold Partner, securing official sponsorship access at the stadium including pitchside advertising and hospitality.
Glenn Bartlett, managing director of Close Protection Security, said CPS would provide night-time and weekend security at both the stadium and training ground for the Championship club.
“We are really pleased and excited to be working with Middlesbrough Football Club to provide their security for both the stadium and at Rockliffe,” he said.
“As a lifelong Boro supporter, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d be head up the security for my hometown club – but securing this prestigious contract is indicative of the expansion we’re enjoying at CPS.
“We’ve worked together previously on an ad hoc basis, so it’s really good to become the club’s security partner of choice and to give something back by becoming a Gold Partner.
“As a local business and the fastest growing security company in the North-East, we are looking forward to growing our partnership over the coming years.”
CPS, who also carry out security services for a number of big name companies, also work with Boro owner Steve Gibson’s Rockliffe Hall Hotel and a number of first team players in a private capacity.
Shauna Robb, the football club’s head of operations, said: “As our security service provider, Close Protection Security give us reassurance that our sites are protected and our assets are safe.
“On occasions when we require additional resource or support, CPS never fail to step up to our requirements.’’
CPS have been working with the club for several years, including the first team and key staff.