Sliema Wanderers on Monday announced that they had reached an agreement with NM Group who are set to be the Premier League side’s new sponsors
The Blues have been passing through a difficult time from a financial point of view with members of the first team and the technical staff revealing to the media a fortnight ago their plight after the club failed to honour their contracts.
However, since then the Wanderers have been working hard to try and steady the ship and sources told the Times of Malta that the club started to pay back-dated salaries to its players. On Monday, the Wanderers announced an agreement with NM Group who will not only provide financial assistance to the senior team but will also support the club’s youth academy.
“NM Group has proudly announced its sponsorship of the Sliema Wanderers Football Club and Nursery. This deal will mark a first between the firm, and Malta’s most successful football club, although the two are hardly strangers,” a club statement said.
“A local accounting and advisory firm, NM Group was founded 30 years ago by Noel Muscat, a longtime football lover, and sports advocate.
“The Muscat family has a longstanding history with Sliema, wherein Noel and his wife Silvana resided for a time, and their son Beppe played at all levels of Sliema’s youth academy and played with the first team for seven years.”
On his part NM Group founder Noel Muscat said: ““Football, and sports in general, teach some of life’s most precious lessons – self-discipline, teamwork, focus and perseverance. These are values which we champion both on and off the field.”
“We are really excited about this new collaboration with a club as prestigious as the Sliema Wanderers. 2021 marks NM Group’s 30th anniversary, and we’ve been working very hard at developing a clear vision for our future as a firm. Supporting excellence is a big part of that.” said Beppe Muscat, CEO of NM Group.
The club said that the NM Group logo will not only be put on team’s gear but the club’s premises at Tigne will be renamed as the NM Group Sliema Wanderers F.C. Sports Complex.
This sponsorship marks a new beginning for Sliema Wanderers, following some recent turbulence within its organisation.
Sliema Wanderers Team Manager, Alex Muscat said: “Our club is nothing if not resilient. We are looking forward to having NM onboard as our new partners as we seek out new collaborations that will reflect our standing and values. It’s our goal to turn things around and we can only do that with the support of serious partners, such as NM Group.”