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Cooke & Mason recognise the importance of supporting our local community. Whether it's for sporting activities, good causes or charities, Cooke & Mason are proud to sponsor the talent and efforts of individuals and organisations within our region, where possible.

Sponsorship of Babworth Rovers Under 14s Football club - Feb 13

Cooke & Mason have become the proud sponsors of Babworth Rovers Under 14s Football club. They are currently 8th in Division One of the Mansfield Chad Youth League, having gained promotion to the top division as Champions of Division Two in 2011.

 Most of the players started together as under 7’s and have grown up with Steve Nicholson as their manager over the last seven years.  With one player recently picked for the Doncaster Rovers Academy, 11 matches in the league and a cup competition still to play they hope to build on the success of their previous two seasons.

Cooke and Mason wish Babworth Rovers Under 14s luck in their upcoming matches.


Sponsorship of Notts, Lincs & Derbys Rugby Football Union - Sept 12

As September sees the start of the new rugby season, Cooke & Mason are pleased to announce their sponsorship of the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire Rugby Football Union (NLD) for the 2012/13 season.

The NLD are responsible for the management and development of Rugby Football Union throughout the three counties. From under 7's through to first teams, university rugby and senior teams the NLD have over 10,500 rugby players and their clubs within their remit.

"Giving our youth the opportunity to grow and develop through sport is important to us and we're very impressed with the NLD's dedication to encouraging and supporting young people in the game of rugby. We're proud to be a Premier Sponsor and wish all members a successful season." Said David Charles, Managing Director, Cooke & Mason plc.

NLD's Honourable Secretary and RFU Council Member commented, "The support of Cooke and Mason plc is very much appreciated and will enable us to carry out further initiatives this season for the betterment of rugby across the three counties".

For further information on NLDRFU please visit

James Walker drives Cooke & Mason-backed Scirocco to victory at Oulton Park - April 12

The Cooke and Mason-sponsored VW Scirocco made a fantastic debut in the VW Racing Cup at Oulton Park, Cheshire on Easter Monday. Driver James Walker is now in joint first position, alongside Aaron Mason, following the first two incident-packed races of the season.

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The very first corner saw a dramatic clash which left James in an unavoidable collision with the barriers. Amazingly he bounced back on to the track, pointing more or less in the right direction, from where he was able to get going again in seventh. Fired-up and battle-scarred Walker remarkably climbed through the field up to second place. He was on the hunt for leader Mason when, two laps from the end, a slow puncture slowed his progress. Fortunately Walker clung on to take a very worthy second place.

"I made a fairly decent start and was carrying on in a straight line, and then the next thing I know I am heading towards the barriers. I managed to get going again and just kept pushing until the tyre started to go down. I can't complain - second is a good result for the opening round," commented Walker.

Round 2 was no less eventful and after a brief safety car period James pounced at the restart to take second place. A string of fastest laps from Walker brought him close to leader Mason; he then successfully made his move for the lead on the seventh lap.

"A first and a second from the opening weekend of the season is a great result and I'm very pleased," said Walker.

Cooke and Mason plc are sponsoring James Walker's Scirocco throughout The Volkswagen Racing Cup 2012 which features 14 rounds over seven meetings. For more information please visit

Local Lifesaving Club in Aviva's Community Funding Competition - April 12

Cooke and Mason plc is delighted to announce that the Retford and District Lifesaving Club have been shortlisted in Aviva's National Broker Community Funding competition.

Having initially won Cooke and Mason's local competition, earning £1,250 towards their good cause, the club (which is affiliated to The Royal Lifesaving Society) was then put forward for Aviva's national competition to potentially win £15,000. The winners will be announced at an award ceremony on 19th April in Leeds.

"We're thrilled to be a finalist and have the opportunity to compete for this national award. As a community organisation, which is heavily reliant upon fundraising and charitable donations, the potential benefit from winning this national prize, and being able to give more and more local people the skills to save lives, is enormous," said Karen Greenwood from the Retford and District Lifesaving Club.

To be selected for the final stages of the competition, the Retford and District Lifesaving Club have fulfilled stringent criteria within the category of 'supporting local education and training.' Their successful entry detailed how the funding would enable the club to provide much-needed training courses, including first aid and resuscitation, over the next five years. They also explained how vital lifesaving skills are within a rural community and how currently, only 1 person in 10 receives effective CPR to keep them alive prior to the emergency services response.

If you'd more information on Retford and District Lifesaving Club, or you'd like to donate, please contact Pete Moyes on 07930 440230.

Newark Rugby Club's U13's Team, Backed By Cooke & Mason, Win National Tournament - April 12

Supporters of Newark Rugby Club's Under 13 team, Cooke and Mason are thrilled to report that this talented team won the South Coast International Festival of Rugby at Easter.

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In excess of 5,000 attended this year's festival and over the two days the Newark U13's boys were victorious against teams from Scotland, England and Wales. Following the first day's group matches, Newark had a fantastic 30 - 10 semi-final victory against Dunfermline, who up to that point, had only lost once during the season. In the final Newark came up against the Welsh favourites, Porthcawl RFC, and after a tough first half Newark eventually came out worthy 15 - 0 winners.

"Supporting our local community is important to us and we're very pleased to be sponsoring this ambitious and successful young team, which includes eight county players. Encouranging youngsters in their sporting activities is a key part of our sponsorship programme and the Newark Rugby Club's Under 13's are a great example of the talent and potential we have in our Nottinghamshire area." Said David Charles, Managing Director.

The tour came at the end of a successful season in which the team were runners up in the Nott's, Linc's and Derbyshire annual 7's competition, having lost in the final on a "golden try" following a draw in normal time.

For further information on Newark Rugby Club please visit

Cooke & Mason plc - Proud sponsors of Retford Half Marathon - Mar 12

Cooke and Mason plc were proud to sponsor this year's Retford Half Marathon and Fun Run. On Sunday 11th March the sun was shining and a great atmosphere had built as over 440 competitors, including Cooke and Mason's very own Jon Wilkinson, lined up for start of the 13 mile course.

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Taking a route which ran through the small market town before heading out to the undulating countryside, the event went very smoothly; all credit to the organisers (East Retford Rugby Club) and the marshals. Special thanks also to the enthusiastic spectators who had gathered along the course to cheer the runners on; they make a world of difference when limbs are aching and feet are sore!

Taking a route which ran through the small market town before heading out to the undulating countryside, the event went very smoothly; all credit to the organisers (East Retford Rugby Club) and the marshals. Special thanks also to the enthusiastic spectators who had gathered along the course to cheer the runners on; they make a world of difference when limbs are aching and feet are sore!

Jon completed the course in a very respectable 1 hour 41 minutes, coming 145th out of the 442 finishers. He's now in training for a half Ironman Triathlon in September and has impressive plans to enter a full Ironman next year in Austria.