Manx Netball Association is pleased to announce Newfield Limited as the sponsor of its Senior Leagues.

The sponsorship, which includes the support of 35 teams in four separate divisions, has been agreed for the remaining 2017-18 and the 2018-19 season. The netball season runs from September to April each year, and involves weekly league games plus a Cup, Plate and Vase competition.

Newfield’s funding will be used for competition costs and to support the umpires, new and current, by running development sessions and courses and providing kit. It is also hoped that an experienced umpire will become accredited as an Officiating Tutor, enabling Manx Netball Association to run its own umpiring courses.

Mark Reynolds, Director at Newfield, said: ‘We are so proud to be a part of the Isle of Man community, which is why it is important for us to support it in as many ways as we can.

‘We have been in discussions for some time with the Manx Netball Association and we are delighted to announce the sponsorship of its Senior Leagues. The Association does a fantastic job of encouraging sport in the Island and gets women of all ages out on the netball court on a Sunday morning.’

Rachel Andrew, Isle of Man Netball Development Officer, said: ‘We are so pleased that Newfield has chosen to sponsor the MNA’s Senior Leagues. Its support will go a long way, ensuring we have the resources and capabilities for the matches and competitions to go ahead each week.

‘The standard of netball is incredibly high on the Island, and the support from local businesses will only enable it to get better. I would like to say a very big thank you to Newfield on behalf of the Association, the players, coaches, umpires and myself!’

Newfield is a keen investor of sport in the local community, and currently sponsors the Isle of Man Sport Aid Academy, Castletown Cricket Club, and is also supporting its charity of the Year the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).