AMBITIOUS Morpeth RFC Under-14s rugby team will be hoping to make a spectacle of themselves on and off the pitch when they kick-off their Easter tour wearing new kit provided by a local optician.
The Morpeth branch of Specsavers has agreed sponsorship in a deal that has provided much needed funding for the team’s first ever overseas rugby tour, which gets under way this weekend with two matches against teams in Noordwijk, Holland.
The move sees the firm become the main tour sponsors of the team, who have also received further funding from Coopies Lane builders’ merchants MKM and the Morpeth branch of Leeds Building Society to ensure they are completely kitted out in a new strip specifically for the trip.
The Specsavers logo will appear on the chest of the team shirts, which will be worn for the first time against Gouda RFC on Saturday.
“The boys are really looking forward to the tour, so to have some smart new kit is the icing on the cake,” said team coach Dave Chattaway.
“We are very grateful to Ross Jennings at Specsavers who has chosen us and we will be doing all we can for a successful tour and to ensure that this becomes a long term partnership for the rest of this and next season.”
Mr Jennings, manager at Specsavers, said: “I’m so pleased to join forces with Morpeth RFC and help the youngsters towards a successful tour.
“This is a great opportunity to support grassroots rugby while raising awareness of our company and activities in the local community.”