Jersey Rugby Club provides business development opportunity.
Jersey Rugby Club have confirmed
that Jersey's Economic Development Department (EDD) is
the new principle sponsor for Jersey Rugby Club for the forthcoming
The department's initial one-year sponsorship deal will provide
the club with a cash injection of £75,000. In return, the
sponsorship will open up a host of business development
opportunities for Jersey Tourism and Locate Jersey, which fall
under EDD's responsibility and will be the title sponsors of the
Jersey Rugby Club is the Island's highest profile sports club
and has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the national rugby leagues
over the past few years. Playing in the Championship, the second
tier of English rugby, this season the team will compete against
large established clubs such as Leeds, Bristol and the Cornish
As a result of the sponsorship, jersey.com and locatejersey.com
will feature on all players' kit, including shirts, shorts,
training and gym kit, as well as travelling clothes and cases.
Branding will also be prominently displayed on two signs on the
Airport road and on promotional material around the Island ahead of
In addition, Jersey Tourism and Locate Jersey will be able to
use two of the team's leading locally born players as Jersey
Ambassadors. These are former Sports Personality of the Year Nick
Trower and John Brennan.
Minister for Economic Development, Senator Alan Maclean,
explained that the sponsorship deal provided an excellent business
development opportunity because the teams that Jersey Rugby Club
would be playing this season had huge fan bases, many of which were
loyal supporters with high disposable incomes, who travel to away
games and could take advantage of direct air links to the
Senator Maclean said: "The club's promotion last season was a
massive achievement, raising its profile within the rugby world and
guaranteeing even more media coverage both locally and in the UK.
More importantly from our perspective, the promotion opens the door
to a great opportunity for economic growth; in the higher leagues,
people tend to be more passionate and committed to supporting their
teams and therefore much more likely to travel to an away game,
especially if it is to an attractive destination such as
"The teams Jersey Rugby Club will be playing this year include
Leeds, Nottingham, Doncaster, Bristol, Plymouth and Newcastle, all
of which have easy access to direct flights to Jersey."
Senator Maclean added that a large component of the current
Tourism strategy was event-led tourism and the 16 home matches
during the 2012/2013 season provided 16 "events" for hoteliers and
the rest of the industry to focus on between October to April,
which traditionally are the months that tourism struggles
Senator Maclean said: "The fixture list has been announced and a
large amount of people have already booked to come to Jersey and
support their teams. We are working with hoteliers and travel
operators to provide packages for these visiting supporters to make
the most of this opportunity to stimulate the industry during the
difficult winter months. Not only that, but every time Jersey Rugby
Club travels across to the UK for an away game, jersey.com will be
guaranteed exposure to all the fans watching the games."
To complement the sponsorship deal, Jersey Tourism will run a
marketing programme in parallel with the rugby season.
Jersey Rugby Club's first match of the season is a pre-match
friendly against Premiership side Leicester Tigers on Saturday 11th
August and the club's first league game will be when they face the
Cornish Pirates at home on Saturday 1st September, followed by an
away match against Leeds on 8th September.
Why not get yourself a Hot Pot (Curry or Chilli served with rice) in the supporters marquee £8 per pot.