Swoffers is helping Liberte Netball Club to aim high, with the announcement of a three-year sponsorship deal. The all-female club, which was founded in 2019, has 50 players, and it is built on an ethos of team spirit, community, and liberation.
The financial support covers player registration fees, match and training court fees, and new dresses and hoodies. Swoffers director Andre Austin, said he was very impressed with the inclusive culture of Liberte.
“They have all ages and ranges, from island elite level to the grassroots, and we share their vision to inspire women and girls to get active and find joy in sport. The profile of netball in Guernsey is going from strength to strength, it’s a great exercise for de-stressing after work or school, and it also has a strong social side.
“Anyone who has walked past the Beau Sejour courts in the autumn and winter will have heard the air come alive with whistles and laughter. We are proud to be a supporter of women’s sport, it’s part of our commitment to give back to the island, and say thank you to the community for supporting us.”
Liberte has four teams that are about to compete in the 2022/23 season. Last season Liberte A came third in the hotly contested division one table, and this year they are aiming to take the win. The youth team and two junior sides are also setting their sights high.
Natalie Carre, the chairman of Liberte Netball Club, said the financial commitment from Swoffers had put them in a strong position.
“This sponsorship deal takes the pressure off, it means we can properly focus on what we do best, which is playing, training, and coaching. We live and breathe netball, and it might sound like a cliché, but we are all friends. The profile of netball is getting bigger and bigger, the club is fully subscribed at the moment, but people can put their name on our waiting list to register.”
Liberte Netball Club started up three years ago. It’s a non-profit organisation that is entirely run by volunteers. It’s also a registered charity. The players who coach have all been DBS checked. On Monday nights the juniors are coached at the new netball courts at Elizabeth College. The work on their speed, technique, fitness, and match play.
The logo of the club is the wolf. This animal was chosen because of what it symbolizes – respect, loyalty, spirit, and trust. Also there’s the fact that wolves are pack animals that stick together.