Division One basketball side Tropical Royals target promotion to National Basketball League after receiving boost from the sponsors.
Tropical Royals have assembled ABII Clinical, Bella Hibiscus drink and Red Pepper Online as their new sponsors ahead of the season that tips off on April 17.
Announcing the sponsorship on Tuesday in Bugoloobi, the club’s Managing Director Brian Rugyendo who doubles as the coach commended the sponsors for their timely contribution.
He stated: “We are sincerely humbled by the positive support from our sponsors who have accepted to join us amidst these trying financial times.”
“With them in board, we want to assure you that our senior team target of promotion to NBL is within reach.”
Rugyendo also stated that the team wants to continue championing the idea of supporting the community through sports. Tropical Royals have an academy that nurtures talent.
He also revealed that all the sponsorship package received has been in kind, and called on more sponsors to come on board.
Bella Hibiscus will provide equipment and branded club merchandise.
“We are very proud to partner with Tropical Royals. When we were contacted, it didn’t take us even five seconds to confirm our support. We have lot in common, we have same colours and passion, we want to help the youth in this country. Rugyendo has a very big vision and we want to be part of it,” said Bella’s Marketing and Administrative Director Godfrey Ogwang.
ABII clinic will provide the club with free medical to the players, academy and club staff.
The Clinic’s managing Director Isaac Katumba commented: “We are looking forward to a productive season, our personal friendship with Rugyendo spans over two decades, and it was not complicated to agree to this partnership. We shall provide a doctor to each game and when we plan to send an ambulance on each of their game.”
Red Pepper Online will be the club’s media partner until the end of 2022. They will offer free coverage and brand support.
“We are proud to associate with Tropical Royals, their choice to roll with us is an interesting initiative. Their targets goes beyond the game, it incorporates all stakeholders, it shows commitment and support to the committee,” briefly commented Managing Editor for Red Pepper Online Morris Muhwezi.
Tropical Royals was set up in 2016 with a main target of setting up the first multi sports academy in Uganda.
The club joined FUBA Basketball League in 2018 and emerged 13th out of 16 teams. They improved to ninth in 2019, missing the playoff place by a whisker.
Last season was called off due to Covid19. With a semblance of organisation in the front office and a couple of new additions, Tropical Royals are expected to mount a strong challenge.