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Welsh professional rugby club, Ospreys, has inked a two-year partnership with Viessmann that will see the company become the club’s official heating partner, the shirt sponsor of Ospreys age-grade rugby teams, and title sponsor of the Ospreys Cup.
The Viessmann logo will appear pitch-side at the Osprey’s Liberty Stadium in Swansea at Guinness Pro14 Conference and European Rugby Challenge Cup matches as well as on its youth teams’ players’ shirts. Future draws for the Ospreys Cup, a competition which attracts over a thousand players, are planned to take place at Viessmann’s product training centre at Gower College in Swansea.
Graham Russell, Viessmann MD, says: “Viessmann is very excited to be supporting Ospreys, especially the age-grade rugby where we can help to develop future talent to follow in the footsteps of some very well-known national and international players who have grown through the ranks of the club.
“Being a family business, Viessmann recognises the hard work and dedication required to be the best and also the support needed for young players from close family to make this happen. We are very proud to be part of the wider Ospreys community and look forward to being part of player development and overall club success.”
Paul Whapham, Head of Ospreys in the Community, added, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Viessmann formally as a partner. They are a business that cares passionately about the community and this agreement sees them front and centre in our development pathway, be that through traditional shirt sponsorship of the Ospreys age-grade teams, or their support of the Ospreys Cup, the flagship competition for schools and clubs at Under-16 and Under-16 level.”
This announcement complements Viessmann’s support of the Welsh Rugby Union’s (WRU) Facilities Grant scheme which offers subsidised heating equipment to grassroots rugby clubs in south and west Wales. The installation of a new Viessmann Vitocrossal 100 commercial boiler at Bridgend Rugby club, by Plumbwise of Neath, is projected to deliver a 50% saving on fuel bills.