An award-winning commercial property firm has extended its sponsorship of a National League Women’s Basketball team, following a successful season culminating in promotion.
Innes England, which has offices in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, first partnered with the Nottingham Trent University Women’s team, which plays in the National Basketball League (NBL) last year. Team captain Vicky Gray was coming to the end of her placement year with the firm and alerted directors that a sponsor would help the team to move up to a higher level.
The National Basketball League covers semi-professional and amateur levels of the game. More than 600 teams across England compete in the NBL leagues and other events. Made up of current students, graduates and local young professionals, the Nottingham Trent team finished as overall winners of NBL Division 2 last year after an undefeated season, leading to promotion to NBL Division 1. They are also National Play-off Champions after beating local rivals Derby Trailblazers.
Under the terms of the deal, the Innes England logo will appear on the team’s shirts and the extended sponsorship will help fund the associated costs of competing in a higher division.
Matthew Hannah, Managing Director at Innes England, said: ‘As a company, we’re keen to promote a good work-life balance and also recognise the important role that sport plays in developing young people. Team sports in particular are a great way to learn invaluable life skills such as leadership, commitment and co-operation.’
Steve Holland, Head of Professional Services at Innes England, said ‘It was a pleasure to welcome Vicky back to the Professional Services team in August after she finished her degree. She is a great addition to the department.
‘We already have strong links with Nottingham Trent University and many of our staff are alumni, so we’re pleased to have our name associated with a successful local sports team.’
Vicky Gray, Graduate Surveyor said: ‘The team is very grateful to Innes England. Their sponsorship is invaluable to the success of the club and now we are in the Division 1, the support is even more important.’