Air-IT has stepped in to enable Nottingham Squash Rackets Club (NSRC) to field a professional squash team in the national Premier Squash League's (PSL) 2013/14 season, which started on Tuesday 22nd October.
Air-IT Nottingham PSL Team
L-R Eddie Charlton, Emma Beddoes, Alan Clyne, Noah Duckworth (mascot), Chris Fuller, Dave Wardle
NSRC, based in The Park, had been urgently seeking new sponsors for the 2013/14 season when Air-IT came forward with what Club Chairman Tim Garratt described as a ‘very generous’ new sponsorship deal.
Whilst Air-IT is lead sponsor, we’ve also been joined by a raft of co-sponsors, including fellow shirt sponsors Fantasy Squash, Press Association Images, Innes England and Gleeds – all of which have links with the Nottingham area.
As well as sponsoring the team’s brand new playing kit – designed in Air-IT colours and featuring our logo and the logos of the other four shirt sponsors – the new deal will see Air-IT displaying a range of banner, on-court and in-programme advertising at NSRC during home matches.
Air-IT Nottingham New Team kit
Commenting on the joint sponsorship deal, Air-IT’s Managing Director, Todd McQuilkin, said:
‘This really is a case of Nottingham-oriented organisations supporting their local pro squash team. It makes me very proud that these fantastic players will be sporting the Air-IT logo on their shirts as they take to the courts.’
The deal has come as a huge relief to NSRC, who admitted that finding new sponsorship was a big challenge. However, thanks to Tim Garratt’s efforts, the Club has actually managed to raise more money than last year – which is great news for the Club and for local squash.
Air-IT Match Court Advertising
The pro team has now been renamed ‘Air-IT Nottingham’ and will be managed by Mark Fuller, a professional squash player and owner of Fantasy Squash. Mark commented:
‘My chosen team will certainly strike a unique note in the PSL as it consists almost entirely of home-grown talent and includes a female England International player and the British Under 17 Champion. It is a young local team that has grown up together – and it’s a team that has been built for the future.’
Air-IT is no stranger to squash and racquet sports, with many staff members playing for local teams. Todd has played Premier League squash in the past, and Technical Director James Healey currently plays in the Men’s 1st Premier league Squash and Men’s 1st Racketball teams at Ilkeston’s Manor Health and Racquets Club.
Air-IT Side Wall Banners
Air-IT is also a long-term corporate supporter of local teams and clubs and is the current team kit sponsor for the NSRC based Nottingham Squash Academy.
Previous sponsorship deals have included the Manor Squash and Racketball 1st Teams, the unprecedented treble-winning David Lloyd (Aspley) Premier Squash team, numerous UK-Racketball series events, and a three year deal with the Nottinghamshire Squash Rackets Association.
‘It’s pretty obvious that squash and racketball are two sports that are very close to my heart – and to the hearts of many at Air-IT. That’s why it felt like such a natural move to sponsor the Nottingham pro squash team when the opportunity arose.
NSRC is a historic club that’s been going since 1909 and they’ve been chosen to host the European Club Championships in 2014, so they fully deserve all the support that we and the other four sponsors are giving them at the moment.’
Starting the Season in Style
The newly-named Air-IT Nottingham will be making their 2013/14 season debut at home at the Nottingham Squash Rackets Club (NSRC) on Tuesday 22nd October when they take on PSL newcomers Coolhurst London.
The evening will start with a special reception in the Sponsors’ Lounge where the sponsors and their guests will be welcomed by Tim Garrett before the new Air-IT-branded kit is officially launched and the players take to the court.
It’s set to be a great evening of high quality sporting entertainment and excellent opportunities for informal networking with other local businesses. Watch this space for our special Launch Night report after the match.