M6toll announce 3 year sponsorship for Tamworth champions

Tamworth Spartans Ladies’ National Volleyball League (NVL) squad are jumping for joy after securing a new main sponsor, the M6toll.

The Social Committee at Midland Expressway Limited (MEL), operators of the M6toll, have agreed a three year sponsorship deal with the Spartans ladies, who have secured a place in the National Volleyball League for the first time in the club’s 34-year history.

Entering a team in the national league, whilst maintaining four teams in the regional league means that the Spartans have incurred significant extra costs associated with operating on a national level. The £2,500 sponsorship from the M6toll will cover this and has allowed the team to purchase new branded kit and special match-day equipment which is mandatory at a national level. The funding will also help with the operating costs of home match-days such as court bookings and referees, as well as training costs.

Tamworth Spartans is one of the region’s most successful clubs. Founded more than 30 years ago, the ladies’ regional first team proved their mettle by winning every match in the 2014/15 season to be crowned West Midland’s champions. They have now moved up to the national league, where they are already proving their worth against the nation’s best volleyball teams by winning eight of their first 11 league matches.

Stuart Spence, MEL Social Committee member said: “To have reached the national league is a fantastic achievement and we are delighted to be supporting the Tamworth Spartans ladies in their first ever National Volleyball League campaign. We are delighted to see them triumphing in their first matches of the season and were impressed with the professional design of their new kit. All we can say now is, Go Spartans!”

Tamworth Spartans Ladies' NVL captain Kara Griffiths said: "We are delighted to be able to announce the sponsorship with M6toll - the first in the club's 34-year history. We're immensely grateful to the M6toll for their support, and we can't wait to start working with them.”

"This sponsorship signifies a real belief in both minority sport and women's sport. The national league project opens up playing opportunities for women across the club, with both of our women's regional squads also benefiting from the exposure to higher level play. To be able to ensure its financial sustainability without impacting negatively on the club's other activities was of paramount importance to us, and M6toll have made this possible. Now we can concentrate on on-court results and on ensuring all of our players, men and women of all ages, have as many chances to play volleyball as possible."

As well as providing sponsorship, M6toll staff will have the opportunity to get involved with the Spartans from attending matches to learning how to ‘spike’ and ‘dig’ at some introductory volleyball training sessions.

Each year, MEL donates £50,000 through its Drive for Charity project. MEL's Social Committee works closely with members of staff to choose community projects close to their hearts which will benefit from a donation from the Drive for Charity fund.

MEL's Social Committee is always looking for local charities and community projects to support. To register your charity or community project with MEL for consideration to receive fundraising or practical (volunteering) support now or in the future visit www.m6toll.co.uk/community/driveforcharity for further information or email d4c@m6toll.co.uk

IMAGE: (From left to right) Maxine Walker, Katja Srbljanin, Ivana Gemzova, Kara Griffiths, Mel (M6toll’s mascot), Stuart Spence (MEL’s Social Committee member), Viktorija Vika, Alice Legarska and Barbara Smitten.