BTC Premiership side, Notwane got a timely boost yesterday, when micro-finance and insurance company GetBucks pumped P300, 000 into the club’s coffers, which covers the remainder of the current season as well as the 2019/2020 campaign.
Speaking at the sponsorship unveiling in Gaborone, GetBucks managing director, Marthin da Kock said they were pleased to start a partnership with a team that was the first ever to win an organised football league in 1978.
The team has in recent seasons, fallen off the radar as they played in the First Division for three season and da Kock said the sponsorship would help guide Toronto back to its glory days.
“We start this journey together so we enhance your hard work in improving local soccer. (To) grow the talents at your disposal to be the best they could ever become. Our part is to ensure that we do the best we could do to make a difference, yours is to invest in enhancing their value. With this partnership we hope that within this commitment we have pledged today, it will assist Notwane back to its glory,” he said.
Notwane president, Tebogo Sebego said the club has adopted an institution-to-institution philosophy that will help ease financial burden at the club.
He however, said the club would need the input of all its stakeholders in order to commercially benefit from these partnerships.
“We have introduced the institution-to-institution philosophy to attract partnership thus ensuring sustainability in the club. By doing so, we make sure that we do not rely on individuals for financial support. This event marks the beginning of this philosophy, but we will need to bring supporters to the grounds so to exploit the commercial part of football for both the team and partners,” he said.
For his part, the assistant Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Dikgang Makgalemele lauded GetBucks for extending a helping hand to Sechaba as he said this plays a role in making sport part of employment creation in the country.
“We all know how difficult it is for sport, football included to attract sponsors. Teams are struggling and as a result this brings unwanted circumstances like players not getting paid and this normally leads to both players and coaches leaving the teams. This partnership will go a long way in the development of football. I would like urge the private sector to follow on to make sport part of employment creation,” he said.
Notwane have been one the teams hard hit by financial difficulties. The team has over years, lost quality players and was relegated for the first time in its history at the end of the 2014/2015 season.