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Long Tall Sally named Lightning Netball headline sponsor

Specialist tall clothing retailer Long Tall Sally has been confirmed as Loughborough Lightning Netball’s headline sponsor for the 2023 Netball Super League season.

The agreement will see Long Tall Sally become an integral part of Lightning, including main kit sponsors for both the club’s home and away dresses.

Long Tall Sally will also sponsor Lightning’s player of the match awards as Vic Burgess’ side embark on what is sure to be another season of high drama in the Netball Super League.

Lightning, who have been members of the Super League since its inception in 2005, boast a squad full of international talent and emerging future stars of the sport. Lightning were crowned champions in 2021 and finished runners-up in 2022 following a valiant effort in the Grand Final.

Established in 1976, Long Tall Sally also boasts a long and proud history. The business has remained true to its values of producing on-trend clothing for tall women to ensure they look and feel the best they possibly can.

Jo Simpson, Commercial and Facilities Director at Loughborough Sport said: “It is really important that we have the right partners to work with our teams and this fantastic new partnership is exactly that. Long Tall Sally is a brand that resonates with our players, staff, and fans, bringing outstanding fashion to tall women.

“Our Lightning team showcases the very best in female sport, bringing together international superstars, live Sky Sports coverage, and a large fan base. The 2023 Netball Superleague season is set to be the most exciting one yet and I can’t wait to see both our Lightning team and our new partnership succeed at the highest level.”

Leigh Porter, Commercial Director for Long Tall Sally said: “We are proud to be associated with a such a successful Netball Super League side and we are looking forward to supporting the team in helping them achieve their objectives for the new season.

“The whole Loughborough set up and philosophy is very inspiring, we share many values around striving for excellence and being the best so we also can’t wait to get going and for the relationship to go from strength to strength.”

Lightning’s 2023 campaign will begin at the Season Opener on Saturday 11 February 2023 at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena. In a bumper round of action, Lightning will face Team Bath in front of an expected capacity crowd. Tickets for all the day’s five matches can be purchased by visiting here:

For more information on Long Tall Sally, visit its website here:

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: 23/17

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2022 QS World University Rankings – the sixth year running – and University of the Year for Sport by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is ranked 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2023, 10th in the Guardian University League Table 2023 and 11th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’, and in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 over 90% of its research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.