Futures’ support of an international sporting event in Daventry has been praised by the local council.
The East Midlands-based housing association was presented with a plaque by Daventry District Council after sponsoring the first leg and opening stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Daventry.
The Group teamed up with the council and other local organisations to sponsor the Grand Depart of the women’s cycle race on 7 June.
Lynn Aston, Director of Customer Services at Futures Housing Group, said: “It was a privilege for Futures to support such a great event in Daventry.
“There’s so much good work going on to promote the town and the area so securing events like the Women’s Tour is a great coup for the district and helps put us on the map.”
Several hundred spectators, including local residents, schoolchildren and cycling enthusiasts flocked into Daventry town centre to watch the elite female cyclists set off on their first stage of the tour through Northamptonshire.
Other event sponsors, Moulton College and Everyone Active, also received commemorative plaques.
Councillor Alan Hills, DDC’s Community, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder, said: “We were delighted to host the Grand Depart of the Women’s Tour, which was a great success and really brought our town centre to life and placed our District firmly on the international sporting stage.
“I’d like to thank Moulton College, Everyone Active and Futures Housing Group for their support in hosting the Grand Depart, a great example of local organisations at the heart of our community coming together to make a difference.
“It is also important to recognise the excellent efforts of DDC’s officers and members, who worked tirelessly with partners including the race organisers Sweetspot and county council highways to make the event such a success.”