The Skelmersdale mill of tissue makers SCA has shown its support for the newly formed Ormskirk & West Lancs Warriors basketball club in a bid for glory in the Basketball England National League.
The Warriors has U14s and U16s teams with members selected in a development programme from the top young players across the borough of West Lancashire and further afield to include Skelmersdale, Ormskirk, Tarleton and Southport.
To help the teams get established in their first season in the national league, the Skelmersdale mill has stepped in with a £250 sponsorship to buy kit and a new promotional banner.
“SCA’s support has been a real boost,” said co-founder Gavin Dunne, a former professional basketball player who now works at the Skelmersdale mill as a member of the site security team.
“The Ormskirk and West Lancs community club offers basketball from ages six through to adult, but we wanted to create the Warriors as a development programme.
“The U14s have improved immensely this season, whilst the U16s are showing themselves as one of the strongest teams in the league and may only narrowly miss out on a play-off spot”.
SCA is a leading global hygiene and forest products company and its Skelmersdale mill on Pimbo Road produces paper tissues, including the household brand Velvet and commercial brand Tork, as well as ‘own brand’ products for leading supermarket chains.
Mill manager Stefan Montarius said: “It’s great that this new development programme has been created for the young players and we wish them every success in the national league.”