Eagles player Will Neighbour (centre) with Newcastle International Airport staff members Emily, Dave, Adam, Wallis and Megan.
Eagles player Will Neighbour (centre) with Newcastle International Airport staff members Emily, Dave, Adam, Wallis and Megan.

Newcastle Eagles ‘take to the skies’ with Newcastle International Airport deal

Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles are ‘on cloud nine’ after agreeing the latest in a series of high-profile partnerships this season.

Newcastle International Airport has already played a key role in the club’s ‘ambitious’ move into European competition, and the Eagles’ bosses are delighted to confirm the award-winning gateway to hundreds of global destinations is now the club’s Official Airport Partner.

Paul Blake, Managing Director, Newcastle Eagles, commented: “This is another fantastic collaboration that underlines where we’re going as a club. Partnering with Newcastle Airport has, quite literally, helped our Eagles men fly into a new era of European competition.

“The team has taken to the skies in three ENBL away games already this season and the assistance and support from the Airport has been a huge help. We’re incredibly grateful to the team at Newcastle and it’s great to see them come on board as our Official Airport Partner.

“We look forward to welcoming the Airport’s staff and their families to our men’s and women’s games through the remainder of the 2023/24 season.”

Marc Steutel’s men are gearing up for a fourth away day in the ENBL with the club’s January 31 fixture at Keila KK looming large. The return trip to Estonia follows hot on the heels of this month’s homecourt clash against Royal Liege Basket, when Newcastle Airport doubled up as match sponsors for the Eagles’ first ENBL fixture of 2024.

Graeme Mason, Chief Sustainability and Communications Officer at Newcastle Airport, said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Eagles basketball team for the remainder of the season. The airport offers more than 80 direct connections and multiple flights every day to major global hubs including Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Paris and Dubai.

“The club and its fans have already been able to benefit from the connectivity that the airport provides as they travel to ENBL fixtures across Europe. Basketball is the second most played team sport across the country and we’re looking forward to supporting the team and engaging with the club’s supporters during the coming months.”

With the Eagles’ Vertu Motors Arena confirmed as the host venue for Great Britain’s EuroBasket clash against the Netherlands next month, another influx of international basketball fans is on the cards.

Steutel’s senior GB men’s roster will be flying out of Newcastle International Airport following the Dutch fixture ahead of their group game in the Czech Republic on 26 February.

By Matthew Neville – Senior Correspondent, Bdaily

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