Sponsors

Meet Our Sponsors

Why Sponsor a Local Sports Club?

There are many reasons to invest in sponsoring a local sports club. Some think of it as a valuable form of advertising, while others consider it a charitable contribution. Whatever your perspective, it’s a relationship that pays off for both the sponsor and the team. Corporate sponsorship of a local sports club goes a long way to offset the rising costs of sports. The many benefits to the sponsor, however, are sometimes overlooked. Sponsoring a local sports club is a proven and effective way to improve awareness of your business or brand while supporting the local community. While many traditional forms of marketing are becoming less effective, local sports sponsorships are a welcomed form of advertising. Club members, parents, families, friends, and fans all enjoy seeing the companies supporting local sports. The positive energy from this association improves your corporate image and promotes loyalty to your brand. The symbiotic relationship can also help you expand your clientele through networking, member access, and the improved awareness and brand perception.

Why Sponsor Rugby?

There is a saying that “rugby is a hooligans’ game played by gentlemen”. While that old adage needs to be updated to include “gentle-ladies”, it still holds true. Despite fierce competition, sometimes brutal contact, and an intense desire to win, what’s more important in rugby is the spirit in which we play the game. What matters more is how we treat our teammates, our competitors, and the referee. Being part of rugby means you are part of a worldwide community. And that community doesn’t care if you are tall or short, big or small, loud or quiet, dark or light, old or young. Rugby is the part that matters, and that inherent acceptance means anyone can play and everyone can be a friend. Whether you’re a brand new player at practice for the first time, or a stranger who has played in the distant past, everyone is accepted with open arms and the lifelong bond of rugby friendship is instantly formed.

Rugby is the fastest growing sport in the USA, and Rugby 7s has also recently become an Olympic sport, which is only going to spur the growth further. It is a sport unlike any other, and rugby people are a different breed of human. They have a passion and enthusiasm, not just for the sport, but for embodying the core values of rugby: integrity, respect, solidarity, passion, and discipline. Rugby is about competing and winning and overcoming challenges, but it is also very much about building the character necessary to become a rugby person. The vision of World Rugby is “A Sport For All, True To Its Values”, and rugby players, coaches, families, and even the fans embrace and demonstrate those values daily.

Why Sponsor RRFC?

At Rappahannock Rugby, we believe that the team and the community are more important than the individual. We strive for excellence in everything we do and are constantly trying to improve ourselves. We are teachers, scientists, chefs, engineers, business people, and stay at home moms and dads. We are regular people who want to play rugby and pass on the ethos and the heart and the soul of rugby to others.

Rappahannock Rugby has been playing and promoting amateur rugby in the Fredericksburg area since 2004. And since then, we have been doing our best to give back to the community that supports us. We have done a number of things from teaching rugby for after school programs at elementary schools to volunteering our time and energy performing manual labor to clean up the river and the roads. Everywhere we go, we try to leave the world, and the people we encounter, in a better place than when we got there.

The Rappahannock Rugby Football Club is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. And as a non-profit, we rely on sponsorships and community support to help keep our organization going. We have developed a wide variety of opportunities with different types of organizations in mind. Below are some suggested sponsorship packages that we would be happy to partner with you on. However, we have found that sometimes it is best to discuss customizing a package to suit particular needs.

Suggested Sponsorship Packages

All sponsors will be featured on our website for the duration of their sponsorship, and the partnership will also be announced via multiple social media channels. The top sponsors under contract are featured more prominently, and we also have a Top 10 All Time Donors and Sponsors page, which displays cumulative amounts and is a permanent feature.

Home Field Hero – $15,000/year, minimum 2 year commitment 

  • Brand and logo on goal post pads
  • Brand and logo on 14 sideline flags and posts
  • Brand and logo on sideline banner displayed at every home game
  • Prominent display of brand or logo on VIP Tent with back wall
  • Brand and logo on seats in the VIP tent at every home game
  • Opportunity to put up your own signage along River Road for home games
  • Logo and links featured prominently on our website and social media
  • Invitations to special club and team events
  • Reservation of up to 4 VIP seats for all home games

Sideline Supporter – $10,000/year, minimum 2 year commitment 

  • Logo featured prominently on a team tent that will be used at home and away games
  • Logo and/or name will be featured on player seating for home and away games
  • Logo and links featured prominently on our website and social media
  • Opportunity to put your signage up for team’s home games
  • Full sized sideline banner displaying brand and logo at every home game
  • Invitations to special club and team events
  • Reservation of up to 4 VIP seats for all home games

Jersey Sponsorship – $3000+/year, minimum 2 year commitment 

  • Logo placed on the home and away uniforms for both the men’s and women’s teams
  • $5000 for a large logo on the front or back of the jerseys
  • $3000 for a medium sized logo on either sleeve of the jerseys
  • Logo and links featured on our website and social media
  • Reservation of up to 2 VIP seats for all home games
  • Invitations to special club and team events

Online Advertising Onslaught – $1500/year

  • Partnership announced on website and multiple social media platforms
  • Logo and brand featured prominently on team website via multiple pathways
  • Prominent display of brand and logo on social media pages
  • Periodic website and social media blasts publicizing specials, services, and/or products
  • Reservation of 1 VIP seat for all home games

Rugby Club VIP – $1K/year

  • Full sized sideline banner displaying brand and logo at every home game
  • Announcement of partnership on social media and website
  • Website logo and link on our website sponsors page
  • Reservation of 1 VIP seat for all home games

Friend of Rugby – $300/year

  • Announcement of partnership on social media and website
  • Website logo and link on our website sponsors page
  • 1/4 spot on sideline banner displaying brand and logo at every home game (requires 4 spots to be sold)

Practice Shirt Sponsorships – $250+/season

  • Seasonal t-shirt given to players to wear at practices, club events, and while performing community volunteer work
  • $500 per quarter panel on the shirt back – multiple may be purchased
  • $250 for a small logo on either sleeve
  • Logo and links featured on our website and social media

Player Sponsorships – $300/season, $500/year 

  • The player’s dues will be waived
  • Announcement of partnership on social media and website
  • Website logo and link on our website sponsors page
  • Logo and link on our website sponsors page
  • “Sponsored by” logo and/or link on our team rosters
  • “Sponsored by” reference when player is mentioned in social media posts or in website news

Man or Woman of the Match Sponsorships – $250/game

  • Custom match ball with your logoPicture with your logo on the match ball with the winner
  • Sponsorship reference in game report and in announcements of the winner
  • Website logo and link on our website sponsors page for the season
  • Reservation of 1 VIP seat if the game sponsored is at home

Other Sponsorship Opportunities:

Below are a few of the additional sponsorship opportunities that we could offer in a customized package. If you have something in mind, please contact us. We are happy to work with you to meet your goals.

  • Home Field Name Sponsorship
  • Custom practice balls with your logo
  • Sponsor the flyers and schedules we put up and send out each season
  • Game program sponsorships
  • Game shorts or socks sponsorships
  • Pre-game shirts
  • Warm up pants and jackets
  • Practice jerseys and jackets
  • Fundraising events
  • Rugby clinics
  • Special community service events
  • Hosted rugby tournaments
  • Other club or team apparel – Be seen all over the world on parents, fans, players, and coaches

For more information please email sponsorship@rappahannockrugby.com.

If you have any ideas, suggestions, or questions please let us know! We value your input as a potential sponsor and appreciate your interest in partnering with Rappahannock Rugby!

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$25 donation. Please email Treasurer@Rappahannockrugby.com if you would like a receipt.

$25.00

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