A number of businesses have pledged their support for the North East’s only top-flight women’s sports team following appeals for corporate backing to help achieve its ambitions and secure its long-term future.
Several North East organisations have given their backing to our WBBL team who enjoyed a successful first season under the franchises new brand over the past year.
This summer we appealed for support from potential sponsors and corporate backers to help us raise the resources we need to develop the team’s own identity and income streams.
Following the lead of law firm Sintons – a longstanding sponsor of Newcastle Eagles – several businesses have now committed their support to the WBBL team, who start their season this weekend with a double-header facing Pride and Suns in Essex for the opening games of the WBBL Trophy.
Our women’s team’s first home game at the Eagles Community Arena is next Sunday 6 October against Cardiff Met Archers.
Paul Blake, managing director of Newcastle Eagles, said: “We are extremely grateful to those businesses who have committed their support to Newcastle Eagles WBBL so far. The region’s business community has always supported the Eagles so generously, and we are thrilled they are now recognising the potential of our WBBL team.
“We are introducing many new initiatives to increase awareness and engagement, including looking at a number of ways to increase ticket sales and attendances at our matches, and we hope this, alongside the corporate support, will help us to build for the future.
“We would, of course, love to welcome more new sponsors and supporters to join us on our journey, and with packages starting from only £500 a season, we hope it proves an appealing and accessible option – it would certainly make a huge difference to us.”
Mark Quigley, managing partner of Sintons, said: “As proud supporters and sponsors of Newcastle Eagles for many years, we are delighted to now extend that to their developing WBBL team, and it is very pleasing to see other businesses following our lead and backing this emerging part of the Eagles club at a crucial time for them.
“The Eagles, as well as being the UK’s most successful basketball team, make a huge impact to their local community in Newcastle and the wider North East through their community and schools initiatives, to which they dedicate so much time and resource. We are very proud to continue to support them and wish Newcastle Eagles WBBL the very best of luck with their season ahead.”
CAN YOU HELP?
There are many benefits to joining the team of local businesses supporting the Eagles and to find out more about how you can get involved please email Dan Black, Newcastle Eagles Sales and Communications Manager, on [email protected]