Bath Chronicle

Univer­sity con­fi­dent spon­sor­ship deal adds up

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Char­tered Ac­coun­tants Haines Watts will be Su­per­league net­ball side Team Bath’s Prin­ci­pal Spon­sor for the next three years.

Haines Watts will now look to play an ac­tive part in sup­port­ing not just the elite side but also Team Bath’s acad­emy sites in Truro, Bris­tol, Bath, Ex­eter, Hart­pury, Glas­ton­bury, Sal­is­bury and Bland­ford Fo­rum.

Ge­of­frey Fair­clough, on be­half of Haines Watts, said: “We have both staff and clients who are al­ready net­ball fans and this felt like a way of show­ing sup­port for them, too.

“We have watched the growth of net­ball in our re­gion and the strength, de­ter­mi­na­tion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the women be­hind Team Bath net­ball who are mak­ing this a true South West suc­cess story on the na­tional stage. We hope to help them con­tinue to flour­ish on this jour­ney.”

Team Bath net­ball fran­chise man­ager, Ali­cia John said: “At a time when women’s sport is feel­ing the im­pact of Covid cut­backs more sig­nif­i­cantly than men’s sport, we are de­lighted to make such an ex­cit­ing an­nounce­ment of fund­ing and sup­port.

“We will be able to form a true part­ner­ship with Haines Watts which will in­clude an ex­change of skills and ex­per­tise be­tween busi­ness and sport at all lev­els.”

Stu­art Doughty, Chair of the Team Bath Net­ball fran­chise, wel­comed the part­ner­ship: “Haines Watts join us at a time of op­por­tu­nity within the women’s sports land­scape. We will work with en­ergy to max­imise their in­volve­ment with us at all lev­els and they join our ex­ist­ing part­ners, Cen­tu­rion and Ren­gen, at a time when we are on the cusp of an­nounc­ing an ex­tremely eye-catch­ing line-up for the 2020-21 sea­son and have am­bi­tious plans for the fu­ture.”

Stephen Bad­de­ley, Di­rec­tor of Sport at the Univer­sity of Bath, who in­tro­duced Haines Watts to the fran­chise, said: “The three-year ba­sis of this deal give us the op­por­tu­nity to learn from and pro­mote each other.”

Team Bath net­ball are five-times Su­per­league cham­pi­ons and were top­ping the ta­ble when the 2020 sea­son was cut short. More than 150 play­ers, nur­tured and de­vel­oped by Team Bath, have gone on to play for Eng­land or other na­tions at vary­ing lev­els.

The club is based at the Univer­sity of Bath’s Sports Train­ing Vil­lage, which is home to the 2,000-seat Team Bath Arena. The Haines Watts logo will ap­pear on the team’s fa­mous match­day Blue and Gold dresses.

The an­nounce­ment of the 2020-21 sea­son line-up will be­gin this week with, say the univer­sity, “the reveal of a lead­ing Eng­land player who will wear the Blue and Gold of Team Bath this sea­son”.

More an­nounce­ments are an­tic­i­pated through­out Oc­to­ber and the 2020-21 sea­son fix­ture dates are due to be pub­lished soon.

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