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In 2019, Connectus opened our second office in the AJ Bell Stadium and – following a design and delivery phase – today provide a range of business-critical, managed services covering network connectivity, VOIP telephony and IT support under a five-year contract to the stadium management team as well as multiple other organisations also operating on the site.

The AJ Bell Stadium – built in 2010 and opened in 2011 – was an equal, joint venture between Peel Land & Property and Salford City Council. Today it is home to rugby union side Sale Sharks, rugby league Salford Red Devils as well as 10 additional companies.

Further to a range of auxiliary services, Connectus have increased the scope and robustness of the business’ connectivity and VoIP services, along with the provision of matchday and large-event support.

Connectus is also the connectivity provider at Sale’s Carrington training ground and AJ Bell Stadium home, where Connectus secured a five-year deal in 2019 to provide a high-speed fibre optical network, as well as telephony, corporate Wi-Fi and managed cybersecurity services to support the stadium management team.

In March 2020, Connectus agreed on terms on a new two-year deal with Sale Sharks following the success of their initial 12-month partnership.

Connectus has also renewed its sponsorship of Sale Sharks’ captain Jono Ross, tying the two brands together until 2022. Twenty-nine-year-old Jono has been one of the Premiership Rugby side’s stand-out players this season and has also worked with Connectus in the local community, recently dropping in on a training session with Chester RUFC.

The Connectus team are so easy to work with, straightforward, accommodating and trustworthy, they really do feel an integral part of our on-site team. Connectus were the only company to offer us a one-stop-shop for all our IT solutions; the whole team find working with one multi-functional supplier so much easier, less stressful and they get the job done.

Connectus have recently come on board at Sale Sharks as a partner of the club and I would have no hesitation in recommending them. Very easy to work with and very much value the relationship that Roy, Andy and myself have created.

This partnership with Connectus across our IT, communications, and cybersecurity, is another example of how we have strengthened the club’s structures. Their bespoke approach will allow us to operate at a higher level and — working with one of our fellow tenants at the AJ Bell Stadium — reemphasises our status as a community club.