Treble-winning Tigers under new ownership

The treble-winning Mersey Tigers will enter the new season under new ownership after a local businessman took sole control of the club.

The Tigers enjoyed a highly successful season on the court last term, but suffered from off-court hinderances, including problems with a regular home venue, which saw them play “home” games in Warrington and Manchester.

However, there is now a brand new off-court set-up at the club and details on the club’s new playing venue for next season will be announced shortly.

A club spokesman said: “It has been a difficult time for those involved, but the key motivation was to retain a professional basketball presence in Liverpool, and not only that, but to ensure the development of the sport in the area.

“There were well publicised problems off the court last season, and we want to make sure nothing like that happens again. Instead, we aim and already have started to work closely with various organisations in the community, with the ultimate aim of ensuring there is a basketball team in every school in Merseyside.

“We are now actively seeking partners and sponsors to assist us with the development of basketball in Merseyside, and help us deliver our range of programmes, such as Hoops 4 Health.”

Previous owner Gary Townsend is no longer involved with Mersey Tigers in any capacity.

In the past two months, Tigers players David Aliu and James Griffiths have been touring schools across Merseyside, giving taster basketball sessions and assembly talks.

There are four Mersey Tigers summer camps being held in the school holidays, and the first one at New Park Primary School has been a resounding success.

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