Endesa and the ACB: a historic partnership in Spanish basketball
In July 2011, Endesa reached an agreement with the Basketball Clubs Association (ACB) making us their sponsor from the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, and of all the official competitions organised by the ACB.
Three years later, in June 2014, our president Borja Prado and ACB President Francisco Roca, met to give this project continuity. This was the most important business agreement in the history of Spanish and European basketball. The agreement has linked the two organizations up to the end of the 2016-17 season.
As a result of this strategic alliance, we have given our name to the ACB competition, being the first commercial brand to achieve this in nearly three decades of the Basketball Clubs Association's history. The ACB League is now known as the Endesa League, as much as the season's opening tournament, the Supercopa, which is now called the Endesa Supercopa.
Endesa and the FEB
We became partners in the FEB and the National Team in June 2012 and ever since we have taken an active part in many projects, particularly the 2014 World Cup. In 2015, we renewed this agreement and we joined the Universo Mujer (Women's World) programme promoting Spanish women's basketball.
This joint project also helps promote lower categories of basketball, paying specific attention to school projects.
We created the Basket Lover concept at Endesa to convey our pledge to basketball and the values it brings on, along with our commitment to its followers who find the energy they need to overcome life's obstacles in this sport.
So we have launched several ventures such as:
- The Basket Lover competition. This competition, its third edition completed, awards fans who send in the best stories about basketball. In the latest edition, we created the Basket Lover Community on the www.endesabasketlover.com website containing all the information required for that year's competition, prize draws, news, incredible stories and news from the world of basketball.
- Basket Lover Schools programme. The Spanish Basketball Federation organised this programme for students from 8 to 12 who love basketball. Working in teams, the students can compete for different prizes, both individual and collective, aiming to promote healthy, athletic, innovative and recreational habits.
Presentation of the Endesa League
One of the greatest pleasures we get from backing basketball is being able to organise and enjoy the presentation of the different Endesa League seasons. This event is a real show where the players and trainers take over the centre of the stage. It is usually held at Endesa’s headquarters in Madrid.
We create community
In order to entertain, inform and create a community of basketball fans, we have set up concepts such as “Colgados del aro”, producing basketball-related contents for all fans, which is broadcast on the Experience Endesa TV YouTube channel.
We are also sponsoring lower league basketball to support the youngest fans, as shown by our participation in youth and children's tournaments such as the Endesa Minicopa or the Endesa Club Championship. In addition, we organise the Endesa League Campus for employees' children every year.