INSPIRESPORT ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF SCHOOL AND YOUTH CONFERENCES AND OFFICIAL PARTNER OF SCOTTISH RUGBY
Inspiresport are excited to announce our new partnership with the Scottish Rugby Union as Official Sponsor of School and Youth Conferences in a deal running until July 2024.
The Schools and Youth Conferences resumed in September 2021 following a break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since then, the programme has facilitated playing opportunities for more than 7,200 players from U13 to U18 level, from 72 rugby hubs (schools, clubs or rugby communities).
Players who have featured in previous Schools & Youth Conferences include Rory Darge (Glasgow Warriors) who will be hoping for his first international appearance after being named in the 2022 Six Nations squad, demonstrating the strength in the programme to develop future generations of talent.
Steve Butchart, MD at inspiresport said:
“We are incredibly proud to be announced as new sponsors of the Scottish Rugby Schools and Youth Conferences. Player development is a key part of the inspiresport ethos and experience so to assist with offering opportunities for potential future talent is a natural synergy for us.
The culture of touring plays such a huge part within rugby at all levels – we’re aiming to bring teams of young players to Scotland to experience first-hand the expert coaching, fantastic facilities, and sheer passion for rugby, whilst also providing travel options for Scottish groups to play against new opposition further afield.
We are excited to see what the next few years holds in relation to school and youth rugby in Scotland and look forward to working closely with Scottish Rugby to provide best in class opportunities for players of all abilities.”
Toni Blackhurst, Scottish Rugby’s Head of Sponsorship and Marketing said:
“inspiresport pride themselves on offering young people regardless of age or ability the opportunity to enjoy first class sports experiences. This made them a perfect fit to be the official partner of our Schools and Youth Conferences as we look to provide all young people with the chance to play rugby across the country and experience the benefits that playing the sport can bring.
“It will be great to welcome our first touring party to BT Murrayfield soon as we look to inspire youngsters through rugby both on and off the field. We are delighted to welcome the inspiresport team to Scottish Rugby’s partner family and look forward to working with them.”
Director of Rugby Development, Gav Scott added:
“Inspiresport’s commitment to the school and youth game via sponsorship of our Conferences will be hugely beneficial to the long-term success of young Scottish rugby players.
“The conferences have made a fundamental difference to how young people enjoy their first taste of competitive rugby and experience the social and physical benefits of the game. Providing a player centred, development driven, and competition supported format for youth and schools’ players has been especially important in our Return to Rugby programme this season.
“Inspiresport’s sponsorship and support of this initiative will help develop the profile of the Conferences as a cornerstone of our youth rugby work.”