Westfield Health back Sheffield Hatters for sixth season

Sheffield Hatters line up for the new season with Westfield Health executive Angela Bullivant, who is also seen below with coach Vanessa Ellis and chairman and founder Betty Codona. Our flahsback  picture is of Betty Codona with the first Hatters team of 55 years ago. Main photo: Dean Atkins
Sheffield Hatters line up for the new season with Westfield Health executive Angela Bullivant, who is also seen below with coach Vanessa Ellis and chairman and founder Betty Codona. Our flahsback picture is of Betty Codona with the first Hatters team of 55 years ago. Main photo: Dean Atkins
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The most succesful women’s team in British sport history kicks off the new season tomorrow with the great news that their major sponsor is still right behind them.

Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters bid to win back the Betty Codona Classic - the trophy named after the club chairman and the woman who started the ball rolling 55 years ago.

Hatters won the trophy two years ago and bid to regain it at Nottingham Wildcats Arena, tomorrow and Sunday.

And Westfield Health, the Sheffield-based health and wellbeing company, has announced it will continue its sponsorship of the club for the sixth season.

The Westfield Health Hatters won the Womens British Basketball League Trophy last year and have more than 60 national titles to their name.

Westfield Health CSR Executive, Angela Bullivant, said: “We’re delighted to be continuing as headline sponsor ofthe Hatters.

“At Westfield Health, we encourage people to makepositive and healthy choices through leading an active lifestyle and the Hatters are fantastic role models for this.

“With the start of the season fast approaching, we’re looking forward to cheering on the team and hopefully seeing them challenging for silverware again.”

Vanessa Ellis, head coach of the Hatters, said: “We’d like to thank Westfield Health for their continued support of the team.

“Family and community are a big part of the Hatters’ ethos so we’re very happy to sustain our long-standing relationship with Westfield Health

“We’re hard at work training for the season and I think we have a really strong team once again this year.”

The Hatters welcome new players Brittany Winborne, Deborah Rodriguez, Jessica Heilig and Sara Lauria to the team, who will be joining Ellis Clayton, Steph Gandy, Georgia Gayle, GB star Helen Naylor, Naomi Campbell, Jo Lowry and Ana Santana González.

Hatters face Team Northumbria in the Codona Classic semi-final tomorrow at 5pm.

Their first league match is away to Oaklands Wolves on October 9 and the first home game is on October 30 against Leicester Riders at All Saints Sports Centre.

* To find out more about the Sheffield Hatters, visit www.sheffieldhatters.com, follow @Hatters_BC on Twitter of join the Sheffield ‘Hatters Women’s Basketball Club’ group on Facebook.

* To find out more about Westfield Health, visit www.westfieldhealth.com,

follow @WestfieldHealth on Twitter or like the Westfield Health page on Facebook.