New sponsor for EVO-STIK Northern Premier League Silverware
The FA named Buildbase on Monday after announcing an agreement with the nationwide builders merchants to become the new title sponsor of both the FA Trophy and FA Vase.
The 2016/17 campaign will see 276 clubs bidding to reach next May's final at Wembley, with the EVO-STIK NPL's First Division North and South clubs now entering the Buildbase FA Trophy's Preliminary Round commencing the weekend of Saturday 8 October.
In a statement confirming an end to a decade sponsorship deal with Carlsberg, FA chief executive Martin Glenn said the game's governing body was looking forward to the start of a successful new era promoting Non-League with new partners Buildbase.
Glenn said: “The FA Trophy and The FA Vase are important competitions for football in this country; for the clubs, their local communities and of course their players and fans. We are delighted to welcome Buildbase as the new title partner of both competitions.
Last season marked the first combined Non-League Finals Day at Wembley Stadium in May with both the FA Trophy and Vase broadcast live on BT Sport.
The idea is set to be repeated again this season after more than 45,000 fans flocked to the national stadium to enjoy a carnival atmosphere as Morpeth Town beat Hereford 4-1 to claim the Vase before underdogs and former EVO-STIK NPL club FC Halifax Town overcame Grimsby Town 1-0 to lift the FA Trophy.