Date03 May 2023
Basketball Ireland has today announced a two-year partnership with Azets Ireland, which will see them will sponsor the Ireland U17 boys’ and girls’ academies for the 2022/23 season, following the players journey through to the U18 squads for the 2023/24 season and the 2024 FIBA U18 European Championships.
The deal with Basketball Ireland marks the first national sports sponsorship by Azets Ireland, as it grows its presence across the country. The professional services firm that specialises in supporting the needs of mid-market, entrepreneurial, owner-managed, and family-owned businesses, will become a key sponsor of underage Irish basketball.
Neil Hughes, CEO at Azets Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Basketball Ireland and become a key sponsor of high-performing underage Irish basketball. This sponsorship reflects our commitment to the community and to empower the next generation of ambitious sportspeople who can represent Ireland on the world stage.
“The relentless commitment of the Academy players and their drive for excellence reflects our values at Azets and is an inspiration for young people across the country. Our growing team at Azets Ireland wish all the players well as they journey to the FIBA U18 European Championship in 2024.”
Basketball Ireland CEO, John Feehan, added: “We’re really happy to have Azets Ireland on board supporting some of our international age-grade athletes. Our academies play a vital role in the development of our players and this is great news for our U17 academies, which form a crucial building block for players as they make the step up to U18 level and beyond.”
Ciaran O’Sullivan, Basketball Ireland Head of Development and joint head coach of Academies, also welcomed the news. “This is a real boost for the coaching staff and players, who put in so many hours of hard work - on and off the court. Having Azets Ireland as sponsors will help provide the resources needed to help the players reach their full potential.”