The newly-named KitKing Trophy for teams in Basketball England’s NBL Men’s Division One is set to get under way this weekend.
The competition will be organised by NBL1 Men’s clubs in partnership with new naming rights holder Kitking.co.uk and is sanctioned by BE.
It will see all 14 NBL1 clubs, plus invited Division Two sides Charnwood Riders and Oaklands Wolves, compete in four regional groups of four.
KitKing have supplied winning team wear to NGBs, professional and grassroots clubs throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe and beyond since 1992. They are the UK’s leading teamwear specialist with 30 years’ experience across more than 25 sports, including basketball.
KitKing.co.uk CEO Dips Patel said:
“We are excited to partner with Basketball England’s NBL Division One clubs.
“The sponsorship will help to support the competition and we are looking forward to working with the clubs individually for their kit needs and to help them grow their merchandising offers to fans and members.
“It’s a really exciting time for basketball in the UK as the sport continues to grow and we’re really happy to be able to support Basketball England’s D1 clubs through this partnership.”
Tim Brown, BE Board member and chair of Men’s Division One group, said:
“I would like to thank KitKing.co.uk for their support and we are really looking forward to taking the competition to new heights this season.
“It’s an exciting time for the D1 men’s clubs as they continue to grow and move the league forward as a group with Basketball England’s support.”
The group stages of the competition will be played on 17/18 September, 21 September and 24/25 September.
The games will provide a curtain raiser to the Men’s NBL Division One season, which get under way on 15 October.
Playing each other once, the top two sides in each group will progress to the quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the final set to take place in late December.