ETCO have today extended their support of the ETCO Auckland Dream until at least the end of the 2021 season.
With the 2020 Sal’s NBL season currently underway after delays due to COVID-19, the extension of the naming-rights sponsorship displays ETCO’s confidence in the Auckland Dream organisation, and its commitment to growing women’s basketball.
The extended deal will include support for more than just the elite level Sal’s NBL team. ETCO has also taken the opportunity to support the next generation of female basketballers with naming rights for the ETCO Dream Academy as well as the ETCO Auckland Dream’s championship winning Schick 3x3 Cup team.
ETCO is New Zealand’s leading provider of electrical apprenticeships, training, and employment. ETCO has a proud history of placing apprentices with electrical companies and contractors through their group apprenticeship scheme.
ETCO’s CEO, Jeremy Sole says “professionalism, teamwork and passion are our core values and these align with the ETCO Auckland Dream and Auckland Basketball Services. We are thoroughly excited about the opportunity to further our partnership with the reigning NZ basketball champions. We are focused on inspiring and encouraging young women, in particular, to become electrical apprentices and this partnership will allow us to deliver this message.”
ETCO Auckland Dream’s General Manager, Bevan Murray, is also excited by the extension of ETCO’s support. “We are so grateful for the commitment shown by ETCO in standing by us during this very challenging year. With so much uncertainty in the current environment, ETCO’s longer term commitment allows us to plan with more confidence and gives us better chances of sustained success on and off the court. The fact that our organisations share common values means we have great synergy with the work we do with our youth, and in the community”
Despite the challenges presented by Covid-19, there has still been much to enjoy for fans of NZ basketball. The first of the new annual Schick 3x3 Cup competitions took place at Invercargill’s ILT Stadium in mid November. With every game broadcast live on Sky Sport, the event involved 10 women’s and 10 men's teams from around New Zealand. ETCO Auckland Dream were proudly crowned the first ever Schick 3x3 Cup champions, while the Southland Sharks took out the men’s title.
This was closely followed by the Sal’s NBL ‘18IN18’ league. A competition involving 18 games in 18 days between the six best women's teams in the country it is compelling viewing. Played at the state of the art Pulman Arena facility in South Auckland, the ‘18IN18’ fixtures are broadcast live on Sky Sport.
ETCO Auckland Dream play their next game of the Sal’s NBL 18IN18 against the Harbour Breeze on Tuesday December 1 at Pulman Arena, South Auckland.
Bevan Murray - firstname.lastname@example.org
GM - ETCO Auckland Dream
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