The partnership with the University follows the launch of their independence in August and demonstrates the institution’s continued focus on actively serving its communities, helping to drive economic growth and being a beacon for aspiration and achievement in the region.
Richard Lister, Vice Chancellor, University of Suﬀolk said “The University of Suffolk is delighted to be supporting the Suffolk Saxons: we are a University committed to making a real civic impact and so supporting the inauguration of a professional sports team for the region is absolutely in line with our mission. We hope the beneﬁts to our students and the wider community go beyond the excitement of a new professional sports team to support, raising aspirations and opening access to facilities and coaching to the region. We have students competing internationally in a wide variety of sports, from skiing to boccia, and our Students’ Union, working with the University, has an ambition to get all students and staﬀ beneﬁtting from a healthy and active lifestyle. We oﬀer over 20 hours of sport a week to staﬀ and students through our sporting schemes, and intend to build on this through the exciting partnership with the Saxons.”
Warren Smyth, Saxon’s Franchise Director said “We’re thrilled to have such a great sponsor in the University, who are keen to invest in local sport and who will work with us to raise the proﬁle of professional and community badminton in Suffolk”
Tickets are now available to buy for the ﬁrst home game of the season at Ipswich Corn Exchange on 7th November. Buy through the Ipswich Corn Exchange box ofﬁce – call 01473 433100 or online apps.ipswich.gov.uk. Cost £12 or £6 for concessions.
Cllr Tony Goldson, Suﬀolk County Council Cabinet Member for Health said “With the opening game of the season just around the corner we are eagerly anticipating a boost to the proﬁle of badminton in Suﬀolk. We hope that in turn will encourage more people to pick up a racket and give badminton a go, something that will help towards our ambition of becoming the most active county in England.”