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The BBL has announced new owners have been found for the Cheshire franchise, which will now be known as Cheshire Phoenix.
The new owners come from the supporter base of the club, led by local businessmen Terry Hearfield and Andrew Donaldson alongside local basketball stalwarts Mike Burton & Andy Green.
It comes after a fundraising campaign to secure the future of the club.
“We are delighted that the new ownership has been found and particularly from within the supporter base,” BBL COO Andy Webb enthused. “We believe that having a grouping involved who care so passionately about the club but with the necessary business acumen will ensure its longevity and help to build a sustainable future.”
“We’d like to put on record our thanks for the invaluable support of the club’s superb volunteer base during our time running the club.”
Cheshire Phoenix spokesperson Andrew Donaldson added: “The volunteers, the players, the fans and the local community have really pulled together to enable the club to survive. We are looking forward to rebuilding the club on firm foundations and hope to repeat some of the clubs past successes, this is what we have all been working towards and it’s what the fans deserve.’
The new owners’ first game will come on Friday as Phoenix travel to Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park looking to complete a season sweep over Mersey Tigers. Phoenix’s first home game under the new ownership will come on Sunday when they face reigning BBL champions Newcastle Eagles at the Northgate Arena, with the game scheduled to tip off at 5:30PM.