Quickline does its (giga)bit to help local sports teams

Independent broadband specialist Quickline Communications’ involvement with the Connected Yorkshire ‘Superfast West Yorkshire and York’ broadband programme has extended its reach further into West Yorkshire’s community with a generous donation being made to seven local sports clubs.

Hemsworth West End Terriers FC, Hemsworth Town FC, Hemsworth Miners Welfare FC, Hemsworth Dragons ARLFC, Kinsley Boys FC, Kinsley Raiders RLFC and Hemsworth RUFC were nominated by Hemsworth Town Council to each receive an allocation from a £2,000 cheque made to the council. The money will go towards helping the teams get back up to speed with providing a sporting outlet for the community following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions.

In late 2020, Quickline Communications, which specialises in complex broadband requirements largely in rural areas, was awarded the £9.1m contract by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to enhance internet connectivity in the area through the ‘Superfast West Yorkshire and York’ initiative.

The rollout will see over 1,500 businesses in more secluded areas of this region gaining access to superfast broadband for the first time through a mix of fibre and wireless technologies. Over 5,500 residential properties in catchment areas will also feel the benefits, which include the use of more online services as well as remote working.

Quickline’s customer-first approach involves working closely with local authorities, businesses and residents to understand and resolve connectivity issues, with results that other big-name providers struggle to achieve.

John Bullivent, engagement manager at Quickline, said that the Connected Yorkshire programme will see local businesses flourishing thanks to gigabit-capable speeds. “Connectivity is of huge importance to us all – it helps us stay in touch with our loved ones and keep up to date with our favourite sports teams, as well being pivotal to daily tasks such as online banking and accessing email services. “It’s with great pleasure that we can address and resolve broadband coverage and speed issues in Hemsworth and its neighbouring districts thanks to our Connected Yorkshire partnership. We’re here to elevate the different community hubs within these areas by finding out what people need and transforming a frustrating situation into a remedy that benefits the greater good.

“Our focus is on people whether they are customers or otherwise. Providing exceptional service can only work if we are side by side with communities and we are delighted to be sponsoring sport in Hemsworth as part of our ongoing mission with Connected Yorkshire to connect rural locations with ultrafast broadband.”

Cllr Jim Kenyon, Chairman of Hemsworth Town Council, added: “We are so grateful for the support Quickline and Connected Yorkshire are showing our sporting community. The donation received for our seven football and rugby teams is very much appreciated by the council and clubs and will make a fantastic difference in what has been a difficult 18 months.

“It’s also wonderful to see the great efforts being made to improve superfast broadband accessibility for our local businesses, organisations and residential properties. This will certainly bring the people of Hemsworth closer together and uplift the community spirit further – thank you.”

PIC CAP: From L to R - Jim Kenyon, chairman of Hemsworth Town Council, Jason Alcorn of Hemsworth Dragons ARLFC, Stan Wilson, vice chair of Hemsworth Town Council, John Bullivent, engagement manager at Quickline, Dave Taylor from Kinsley Raiders and Johnny Allatt of West End Terriers FC.