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Get Your Kit On

11 months ago By

We are pleased to confirm that O'Neills are to become Manchester Rugby Club's kit supplier from 2017/18 for the next three years.

Article by Adrian Stores, Acrobat Consulting & Marketing Limited

Even choosing a kit shouldn’t be left to a whim. It is another commercial discipline in running a sports enterprise, where ‘beauty parades’ and bench-marking are prudent.

Following last season’s promotion of the First XV, the Club is pleased to have been named as Team of the Year by Rugby World magazine and selected as a finalist in the National Rugby Awards. It is one of the oldest rugby clubs in the World, founded in 1860, some eleven years before the formation of the Rugby Football Union. A 24-acre site with a mix of sporting and social facilities. Why not see for yourself by visiting?

It thrives on its strong community commitment with teams from Under 6s to Senior Rugby, for men, women, girls and boys. The Club has the whole range of teams that not many clubs can boast. The Mini and Junior (M&J) section has recently produced some amazing talent with 4 current Premiership rugby players (more than any other club in England) and 6 England players in the last 5 years.

Via ACROBAT | FCSM, we approached ten suppliers and received ten tenders. The quality was high and infact all were credible brands in the marketplace, though some more established in Northern Hemisphere than others, but all were suited.

The shortlisting was conducted in accordance with the Club and although two suppliers were favoured in terms of benefit-in-kind, quality, reliability and pricing – only one made the final cut and O’Neills were awarded a 3 year deal taking us to the end of the 2019/20 season.

O’Neills, combined leading edge sportswear design with competitive delivery times. It is Ireland’s leading sportswear manufacturer. A Company steeped in heritage like Manchester Rugby, it was founded in 1918, now trading as O’Neills International Sports Company Ltd and employing over 600 people.

Manchester Rugby Club is currently actively looking for sponsors and can offer both positions on shirts and partnership opportunities that can deliver tangible returns-on-investment. Please contact Adrian Stores at manchesterrugby@acrobatfcsm.comfor informal, no obligation communication on how working together can help a company or brand.

Where next?

Senior Rugby Membership Form The new season is rapidly approaching so please find below a link to your membership renewal form.
M&J Festival 2017 - Information and Entry Forms We are delighted to be hosting our annual M&J Festival on the first two Sundays in October. Tournament Information & Entry Forms are now available.

Sun 29 Apr
Festival 35 – 20
Sat 28 Apr
2nd XV Carrington 1
League 39 – 28
League 31 – 17
Sun 22 Apr
Manchester Ladies Sefton Ladies
League 3 – 5
Friendly W – L
Sat 21 Apr
1st XV St Benedicts
League A – A
2nd XV Congleton 2
League 5 – 66


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