Rebel with a long-term cause for Women's T20 league
Rebel, the Australian sports retailer, has struck a new three-year deal to remain as the title sponsor of the Women’s Big Bash League, Australian cricket's Twenty20 competition.
Rebel has put its name to the WBBL since the inaugural edition in 2015-16, and the new deal with Cricket Australia runs until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
Rebel will continue to back the ‘Rebel Women’ video content series, which celebrates WBBL players and provides a platform for them to tell their stories.
Rebel and Cricket Australia will also continue to develop the 'Rebel Young Gun Award', which seeks to support and promote up-and-coming talent within the WBBL.
In WBBL03, which runs from 9 December to 4 February, seven ‘Rebel Young Gun’ weekly winners will be selected over the course of the season by a panel of Cricket Australia officials. Winners, who must be under 21 years old at the start of the season, will be chosen based on match performance, on-field and off-field attitude. Each weekly winner will receive a A$500 ($376.25) Rebel gift card, while the overall season winner will receive a A$5000 cash prize, as well as access to a learning and mentor programme.
Cricket Australia’s head of Big Bash, Kim McConnie, said: “Rebel has been a fantastic supporter of the competition since its inception and has played an invaluable role in the success of the first two seasons, and we are looking forward to working with them over the coming years to continue to grow the WBBL and inspire the next generation of cricketers.
“Women’s cricket has exploded in popularity over the past few years, as has been seen in the public response to the Rebel WBBL in the past two seasons and the recent Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series, and the strong growth we have witnessed in terms of participation. It is fantastic to have partners such as Rebel that recognise the value of their association Cricket Australia and support our ambition to make cricket the number one sport amongst women and girls in Australia.”