Cheltenham College has donated its principal sponsorship of Severn Stars this year to a charity that supports disabled young people.
The independent school, which sponsored Severn Stars in its 2019/2020 campaign, elected to donate the school’s space on the front of the netball team’s kit to Active Impact.
The Gloucestershire-based inclusion charity will have its name and logo displayed on the seniors’ kit.
It is the first time a Vitality Netball Superleague team has supported a charity in this way.
Nicola Huggett, head at Cheltenham College, said: “Each year our staff, pupils, parents and friends come together to support local charities through fundraising and volunteering. We recognised that this year has been particularly challenging for these organisations and began discussing unique ways in which we could support them.
“Our relationship with Severn Stars provided the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of Active Impact and we are incredibly grateful to everyone for working hard to make this happen. Our work together has already sparked many positive conversations about inclusion, and we hope it generates many more over the rest of the season.”
Our work together has already sparked many positive conversations about inclusion, and we hope it generates many more over the rest of the season – Nicola Huggett, Cheltenham College
Nia Jones, vice-captain of Severn Stars, said putting on the kit “feels even more amazing” this year.
Caroline Eardley of Active Impact said: “Like all small charities, the last year has been difficult for us but we are thrilled to be working alongside Severn Stars, with the support of Cheltenham College, to not only raise awareness of what we offer in Gloucestershire but also to extend our services and increase the number of inclusive opportunities available for disabled people to enjoy, where they can challenge themselves and reach for the stars.”
Severn Stars is owned jointly by the University of Worcester and University of Gloucestershire. The franchise will be raising awareness of Active Impact and its work during the 2021 season and, along with Cheltenham College, will be fundraising for the charity throughout the year.
Players from Severn Stars will also meet and work with some of the young people that Active Impact supports across Gloucestershire.