England Universities' Student Rugby League World Cup campaign received a shot in the arm this week with the announcement of a first wave of sponsors.
The Universities team has to raise over £100,000 to fund its participation in the tournament, which takes place in Sydney, Australia, and is seeking to raise as much funding via sponsorship and donations to reduce the financial burden on the players themselves.
The first sponsor to confirm placement on the England shirt is the Sheffield-based GRI Group.
Already supporters of Rugby League, the GRI Group's associated businesses are engaged in the development, manufacture and distribution of chemical ingredients for Personal Care, Household Care, Pharmaceutical and many Industrial applications.
England are deep into their preparations for the World Cup
Players sponsors are still available
GRI Group will see their logo on the reverse of the England Universities shirt, positioned below the playing number. More information on the GRI Group can be found at www.grigroup.co.uk
In addition to the GRI Group, a number of Player Sponsors have been signed up, all of whom will be entered into a draw to see their logo feature on the shoulders of the England shirt.
In addition, all player sponsors are receiving promotion in association with their chose player via team announcements and social media graphics.
Confirmed player sponsors are:
Ben Stead - Pennington's Octagon Live - www.theoctagonlive.com
Carl Southan - Gleave Homes - www.gleavehomes.com & Morson International - www.morson.com
Charlie Greene - Dough & Deer - www.doughanddeer.co.uk & supported by St Mary's RL Old Boys
Elliot Hall - King Chiropractice - www.kingchiropractic.co.uk & Stuck On You - www.stuckonyou.uk
James Woodburn-Hall - Forty-20 Magazine - www.scratchingshedpublishing.com/magazine
Jason Bass - Coventry Bears - www.coventrybears.com
Kieran Sherratt - Coventry Bears - www.coventrybears.com
Kieran Smith - Pscyclops Events - email@example.com
Lewis Taylor - Blackrock Protection - www.blackrockprotection.co.uk
Liam Wood - SD Inspection
Nathan Hill - Innov8 Conference Services - www.innov8-conferences.co.uk & Vizion Network
Sam Druce - Labourmarket - www.labourmarket.com & supported by St Mary's RL Old Boys
Sam Swire - Sheffield Hawks - www.pitchero.com/clubs/sheffieldhillsboroughhawks
Matt Duke (Physio) - Tagtiv8 - www.tagtiv8.com
Adam Hughes (Programme Manager) - Sheffield Hawks - www.pitchero.com/clubs/sheffieldhillsboroughhawks
The remainder of the Players and Staff are still available for sponsorship at just £150 + VAT with full details available by contacting Adam Hughes on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07595 520 185 or David Butler on email@example.com / 0771 510 9585.