In late 2013 CIPA announced a two year sponsorship arrangement NETBALL COOK ISLANDS to sponsor the National Netball Team and the Under 21 National Netball Team. The arrangement included naming rights for the two teams that became known as THE COOK ISLANDS BLACK PEARLS and THE JUNIOR COOK ISLANDS BLACK PEARLS respectively.
The National and Junior National Netball teams received support to help with uniforms and gear for major netball events such as the “Netball in Paradise” 2013 December, the Pacific Netball Series in June 2014 and the netball in Paradise event in December 2014.
Naming our National and Junior netball teams as THE BLACK PEARLS and THE JUNIOR BLACK PEARLS is not only a wonderful match but also provides an exciting marketing platform to promote our Cook Islands pearls. We see a lot of opportunities and positives coming out this partnership”, said George Ellis, CEO of CIPA.
A new proposal for 2015 / 2016 is currently under consideration.