Thirty-Five Million Reasons for Netball to Celebrate

Thirty-Five Million Reasons for Netball to Celebrate

Supermarket giant SPAR has shown its faith in the biggest woman’s sport in South Africa by renewing its sponsorship to the tune of R35 million over the next four years.

The renewed sponsorship will enable Netball South Africa to continue its efforts to break into the top four in world netball.  South Africa is currently ranked fifth in the world, behind Australia, New Zealand, England and Jamaica.

Making the announcement at the opening of the annual SPAR national championships in Durban on Tuesday, SPAR Marketing Executive Mike Prentice said the renewed sponsorship was an opportunity to show the company’s support for the women of South Africa.

“Sport provides an exciting platform on which to build our brand and women’s sport presents an excellent channel for this,” said Prentice.

“The huge majority of our customers are women, and we believe we have a duty to support them in return. Netball provides us with a great opportunity to demonstrate our support for our customers.”

Prentice said the sponsorship would cover netball’s pride and joy, the SPAR national team, future Proteas in the form of the Baby Proteas, the annual national championships and the SPAR Challenge – an annual international series played at home.

“It will also cover the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League, in partnership with South African Breweries, netball development, administration and overall promotion of the game we all love so dearly,” said Prentice.

Netball South Africa (NSA) President Mimi Mthethwa said NSA was overjoyed at the renewal of the sponsorship.

“We are overwhelmed by the trust SPAR has shown in NSA and for women in sport,” said Mthethwa.

“SPAR shares our vision of women growing through sport. Our partnership has helped us to build the image of netball.  It has also empowered women by developing their skills in management, administration and in the ability to host tournaments.

“Our mother body, the International Netball Federation, has been very impressed by the tournaments we have hosted, saying they are on a par with tournaments in wealthier countries,” said Mthethwa.

“The sponsorship is so much more than just looking after our national team – it is about empowering women in South Africa.”

Thanking SPAR, Proteas captain Maryka Holtzhausen said the netball players of South Africa would make SPAR proud not just of the way they played netball but of the women they would become.

The extended sponsorship contract was signed in front of the 830 championship participants by Prentice and Mthethwa witnessed by SPAR Group CEO, Graham O’Connor and Netball South Africa CEO, Blanche de La Guerre.

SPAR has been the main sponsor of Netball South Africa for the past 13 years.

 

 

Image 1 Caption: (From left) Blanche de la Guerre (CEO of Netball South Africa), Graham O’Connor (SPAR CEO), Mimi Mthethwa (President of Netball South Africa) and Mike Prentice (SPAR Marketing Executive) sign the extended for year R35mil sponsorship of Netball South Africa by The SPAR Group Ltd., at the official opening of the SPAR National Netball Championships on Women’s Day at Hoy Park Sports Complex in Durban on Tuesday, 9 August, 2016. Photo: Reg Caldecott

Image 2 Caption: SPAR Proteas national netball team with Mike Prentice (SPAR Marketing Executive – middle back) and Mimi Mthethwa (President of Netball South Africa – middle front) with the SPAR cheque of R35mil for the new four year sponsorship of Netball South Africa at the official opening of the SPAR National Netball Championships on Women’s Day at Hoy Park Sports Complex in Durban on Tuesday. Photo: Reg Caldecott

Image 3 Caption: From left Mike Prentice (SPAR Marketing Executive), Maryka Holtzhausen (Captain of the SPAR Proteas National Team), Bongi Msomi (Vice-captain of the SPAR Proteas National Team) and Mimi Mthethwa (President of Netball South Africa) at the official opening of the SPAR National Netball Championships on Women’s Day at Hoy Park Sports Complex in Durban on Tuesday where SPAR announced a R35mil investment into netball over the next four years. Photo: Reg Caldecott

Image 4 Caption: From left Netball South Africa executive members Anneline Lewies (Director of Coaches),Christine du Preez (Director Selection), Mimi Mthethwa (President),Blanche de la Guerre (CEO), Mami Diale (Director of Demarcations) with SPAR Marketing Executive, Mike Prentice (middle back) at the official opening of the SPAR National Netball Championships on Women’s Day at Hoy Park Sports Complex in Durban on Tuesday where SPAR announced a R35mil investment into netball over the next four years. Photo: Reg Caldecott

 

With editing by gsport

 

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