Falcons sponsors named

JONATHAN MCKEOWN
Last updated 12:30 08/12/2012
Lee Babe of Nelmac, Andrew Booth of SolarCity and Grant Rosewarne
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HELPING HANDS: Nelson Falcons sponsors for the youth football team’s first season meet at Trafalgar Park. From left, Lee Babe of Nelmac, Andrew Booth of SolarCity and Grant Rosewarne of NZ King Salmon.

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Organising committee chairman Aldo Miccio has announced the major sponsors of the Nelson Falcons football team for their first season of the ASB Youth League starting next month.

From January to March 2013, the Nelson Falcons youth football team will play in the northern and southern conference format based on geographic boundaries, joining YoungHeart Manawatu, Team Wellington, Canterbury United and Otago United in the southern conference.

New Zealand King Salmon is the team's lead sponsor, to be joined by SolarCity and Nelmac. The announcement coincided with the unveiling of the team emblem and the website launch at nelsonfalcons.co.nz.

Miccio, of TSF Inc, which has put the youth team bid together, said everyone involved with the team was thrilled to secure the businesses as sponsors of the Nelson Falcons.

"It's fantastic to have such high-profile businesses supporting us as we launch the new top of the south team in this prestigious national sporting competition," said Miccio.

"The Nelson Falcons are going to be of great interest to the media, the local community and football communities across the country. This will be a wonderful partnership opportunity for these businesses to be associated with a positive new brand with such great attributes; achievement, action, passion, loyalty and success."

New Zealand King Salmon chief executive Grant Rosewarne said he was very supportive of what the new league was trying to achieve.

"As soon as we heard about this new team we were keen to support it," said Rosewarne.

"It is important that there are good opportunities in the top of the south to improve the health and wellbeing of our region, on and off the field.

"For all the reasons that a good diet and healthy exercise are great for everyone, we are delighted to support the Nelson Falcons under-19s as they face up to the competition. And, we are encouraging our people to be at every home game to show the depth of our support."

SolarCity chief executive Andrew Booth said he strongly believed in the opportunity that the ASB Youth League would bring to local youth, and said he was pleased to be on board.

"Bringing the ASB Youth League to Nelson is a great way to bring sport to our younger community," said Booth.

"I am on the sidelines of junior football every weekend, and I know first-hand the importance of having older players who our younger guys can look up to. We congratulate those who have made this happen."

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Nelmac chief executive Lee Babe said Nelmac was committed to providing a top-class playing environment for the region's bright young talent to develop their skills.

"Nelmac is proud to be a key sponsor of the Nelson Falcons," said Babe.

"Nelmac is a strong local community supporter with a long history sponsoring local initiatives and events.

"The Nelson Falcons sponsorship is a great fit for the company as it aligns with the company values, supports local youth and sport in the region," he said.

The Nelson Falcons will play their first match at the start of the season in January.

- The Nelson Mail

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