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University’s professional netball team seals four-year deal with sportswear giant Mizuno

Gloucestershire’s newest professional sports club has signed a kit deal with Japanese sportswear brand Mizuno ahead of its debut season in the Vitality Netball Superleague.

The Severn Stars, jointly run by the University of Gloucestershire and University of Worcester, have signed a four-year apparel and footwear deal which will see players, coaches and support staff wearing the latest range of Mizuno match day kit and elite performance training gear on and off the court.

Joint Director of Netball for the Severn Stars and Director of Netball at the University of Gloucestershire, Pamela Cookey, said: “We are delighted to announce Mizuno will be the Severn Stars official Team Sports Kit provider for our launch into the Vitality Netball Superleague. Mizuno are a global brand across multiple sports and are already making big footprints into the UK netball landscape. Severn Stars are pleased to welcome them into our team and enhance the partnership.”

Dr Anita Navin, University of Gloucestershire Severn Stars Director and Head of School for Sport and Exercise, said: “Mizuno have shown a tremendous commitment to support our development and brand as a new super league club. We look forward to working as a partnership with them to deliver a quality netball experience for the Severn Stars.”

Mick Donovan, University of Worcester Severn Stars Director and Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Inclusive Sport & Educational Development), said: “We are really pleased to be working with Mizuno and we are confident that their exciting and dynamic clothing brand will match the Severn Stars team that we will be putting on the court.”

Graham Johnson of Mizuno Netball has identified a number of key reasons why the partnership was so important. Graham said: “Mizuno is always striving to live its philosophy of contributing to society through the advancement of sporting goods and the promotion of sports. That philosophy will be realised in this partnership with Severn Stars, a club with values, ambition and desire to match our own.”