ESSEX Leopards have announced their first title sponsorship deal in their 11-year history.

The Big Cats have linked up with Ongar-based ICT specialists Levett Consultancy on an initial one-year deal and will now be known as the Levett Essex Leopards .

Levett Consultancy specialise in ICT services and solutions, and over man y years has become one of the leading ICT services companies in the UK .

Leopards general manager Dave Rya n was delighted with the deal. He said: “It’s great to have Levett Consultancy o n board. They’re enthusiastic and keen to help us expand both on the court and also with our community programme in schools .

“It’s tough running a club in the current economic climate and we hope our sponsorship deal with Levett will enabl e the Leopards to remain as the top club in the NBL. We’re all really looking forwar d to what will be an exciting partnership.”

Paul Levett, managing director of Levett Consultancy, said: “Levett Consultancy is really proud to become principal sponsor for the Essex Leopards this season and beyond. I and my staff at the company have always followed the Leopards from their initial beginnings at the London Arena.”

As part of the agreement, Levett Leopards’ change kit will be light blue for the 2015/16 season, and fans will be able t o see the new look when they host Team USA Select on Friday, September 4, at the Brentwood Centre, tip-off 8pm.