Connacht Rugby in partnership with BLK Sport, have revealed their new Away and European jerseys for the 2019/20 season at an exclusive Season Ticket Member event at Elverys Intersport, Galway Retail Park.
 
The new jerseys are made in BLK’s new 2019 template, featuring an updated collar and sleeve detail with BLK’s exclusive Exotek fabric throughout the main body. Exotek was created exclusively by BLK to enhance athlete performance, while maximising player manoeuvrability.
 
The new Away jersey features total diagonal lines and the new Connacht Eagle proudly across the chest and torso, finished with striking fluro green trim and collar detail. The jersey also features a unique silicon gel logo application and fluro green Connacht branding on the lower back.
 
The new European jersey features navy diagonal lines and a fluro green mist across the chest and torso, finished with striking fluro green trim and collar detail. The jersey also features a unique silicon gel logo application and fluro green Connacht branding on the lower back.
 
Commenting on the unveiling of the new jersey, Head of Commercial and Marketing at Connacht Rugby Brian Mahony said: “We are delighted to be launching our European and away jersey ahead of an exciting season of Champions Cup and PRO14 rugby. We have some huge games coming up in the Sportsground, as we compete with the top teams in Europe in both competitions. Our kit partners BLK have yet again come up with world class designs and technical products for our new range. I have no doubt they will be worn with massive pride by players and supporters alike”.
 
Commenting on the new Connacht Rugby European jersey, Bruce Wood, Head of Brand Ireland at BLK Sport, said: “Working closely with Connacht management, we wanted to make a strong statement with Connacht preparing for their return to the Champions Cup, we believe that these the new Away & European kits will delight the fans & players alike”.
 
Commenting on the unveiling of the new Connacht Rugby European jersey, Anne-Marie Hanly, Senior Marketing Manager at Intersport Elverys said: “Intersport Elverys are delighted to add the new Connacht Rugby European and Away jerseys to the 2019/20 range. Having Elverys.ie on the front of the jerseys this season will bring our offering to a whole new audience, as Connacht Rugby take on the best in Europe once again”.
 
The team will wear the new away kit when they line out against Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets on the 28th September. The European jersey will get its first outing when Connacht face Montpellier at The Sportsground, Sunday 17th November. Tickets are available from www.Connachtrugby.ie/tickets. The full Connacht range is exclusively available at Intersport Elverys and online at from Thursday 19th September at 10am.
 

Connacht Rugby is pleased to announce a new three-year sponsorship with Galway-based sports technology services company Clubforce, funding the development of a player pathway initiative aimed at getting young girls involved in rugby from a young age and improving retention rates as they progress to adulthood.
 
The Clubforce Emerging Talent Programme will see Connacht Rugby work with schools and clubs in the province to foster participation among female participants and to grow the women’s game in the West.
 
As a result of this new partnership, Clubforce will work with Connacht Rugby to promote female participation at grassroots level through the 26 rugby clubs, and contribute to player coaching from minis through to senior women’s teams.
 
Clubforce will also provide clubs with the systems to maximise participation, and train them to report on member retention and pre-empt common drop-off rates.
 
This co-operation between Connacht Rugby and Clubforce will ultimately aim to bring the growing female rugby participation at all levels closer to their male counterparts.
 

At the launch, Connacht & Ireland out-half Nicole Fowley said the Clubforce Emerging Talent Programme is a welcome development providing new opportunities for girls interested in rugby west of the Shannon.
 
“The growth of women’s rugby in the last number of years in Ireland is testament to initiatives like this. As a young girl rugby was never really an option but nowadays thanks to partnerships like these, girls are getting a chance to start rugby much younger and have a clear pathway to follow which can lead them all the way to the top. It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to seeing the future stars growing from grassroots to green shirts.”
 
Speaking about the programme, Joe Gorham, Head of Domestic Rugby at Connacht Rugby said:
 
“Women’s Rugby is a key cornerstone of what we in Connacht Rugby are all about, and it is absolutely vital for us that we continue to build on our growing female participation numbers for many years to come. This three-year partnership with Clubforce will provide us with the tools to do exactly that. We are delighted to have them on board and it’s particularly pleasing to see another West of Ireland brand succeeding in the sports industry.”
 
This strategic partnership with Connacht Rugby reinforces Clubforce’s commitment to assisting grassroots sports in Ireland and strengthens the company’s reputation as international expansion comes into focus.
 
“We are delighted to secure this new partnership with Connacht Rugby which will help the development of the women’s game in the province while building awareness of our brand internationally. At Clubforce we are committed to making the life of sports club volunteers easier and this deal will give them more tools to identify and address the current gaps that exists in female participation in rugby across the province. We believe the association with Connacht Rugby will benefit us greatly as we look to expand in the UK in the coming years,” added Paul Madden, CMO, Clubforce.
 
About Clubforce
(Net Beo Teoranta trading as) Clubforce is the leading club management system provider on the island of Ireland. The company was founded in Galway in 2009 as locallotto.ie and since then has served over 2000 sports clubs across the length and breadth of Ireland through online fundraising and data management systems.
Clubs use Clubforce to process membership fees, sell and distribute barcoded tickets, communicate with members, conduct fundraising and report on the club’s financial performance – saving significant volunteering time in the process. GAA and soccer clubs can also sync data to their respective National Governing Body (NGB) systems quickly and securely, further reducing paperwork for club officers.
 
Contact:
Paul Madden
CMO
Clubforce
[email protected]
087-6639282
 

We are currently in the process of recruiting a Ticketing and Sales Manager to join the expanded commercial and marketing team. The new position is one of a number of new jobs created in the province since the start of the season.

 

The Ticketing and Sales Manager is a full-time, fixed-term position based at Connacht Rugby in Galway.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading ticketing and sales revenue lines and will report directly to the Head of Commercial and Marketing.

 

“We are in a really exciting phase of restructuring and expanding the commercial and marketing team in Connacht Rugby,” said Connacht Rugby’s Head of Commercial and Marketing, Brian Mahony.

“Since the start of the season we have advertised for three new positions in the team and we have been delighted with the high calibre of candidates we have attracted so far. We are now looking to recruit a suitable candidate to fill the important position of Ticketing and Sales Manager.”

“The ideal candidate will have a track record and experience in ticketing, sales and business development-based roles. They will need to possess a fastidious attention to detail and be technically minded.”

“Importantly, they will also need to have sales in their DNA and be comfortable selling face to face and over the phone. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to work in professional sport and has a genuine passion and interest in what Connacht Rugby is about,” he added.

 

A full job description is available on the Connacht Rugby website and the closing date for applications is Friday, December 8 at 1pm. Interested candidates should upload a résumé and a cover letter to the jobs portal here.

Connacht Rugby are pleased to confirm a new partnership with McDonogh Capital Investments.

One of Ireland’s foremost private companies, the McDonogh Capital Investments name will appear on the sleeve of the province’s playing and training jerseys for the next two seasons as part of the new agreement.

McDonogh’s is a household name in Galway and actively support local sport, business and arts enterprises. Over the years the business has transformed into a successful investment and property company. The portfolio of McDonogh Capital Investments now extends to mainland Europe and beyond.

Head of Commercial & Marketing at Connacht Rugby, Brian Mahony, said:

“We are delighted to welcome McDonogh Capital Investments to Connacht Rugby as partners. They are a very successful local business that are heavily involved in the local community in Galway. With the newly-expanded PRO14 Championship, a position on our playing and training jersey has become an even more valuable asset — we are confident that it will help McDonogh Capital Investments achieve some of their brand exposure goals.”

McDonogh Capital Investments CEO, Tom McDonogh, added:

“McDonogh Capital Investments are extremely proud to have always maintained our roots here in the West of Ireland. Our primary focus has been on developments abroad over the last number of years but our partnership with Connacht Rugby, who are as ambitious as we are, is an important step as we become more active in the Irish market once again.

“This is the first of many exciting announcements we will be making as we unveil development plans for Ireland and, in particular, Galway.”

Connacht Rugby and Portwest have announced a new three year jersey sponsorship deal. This is the first foray into the world of rugby for outdoor and workwear company Portwest. The company logo will appear on the sleeve of the new jersey which will be unveiled in July.

Owned by brothers Cathal, Harry and Owen Hughes, Portwest is the fastest growing workwear company in the world and confidently expect turnover to reach €350 million by 2021. Portwest has three high street outdoor shops in Galway and Westport.

Commenting on the new partnership, Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane said:

“We are delighted to welcome Portwest on board with us in what is a really exciting partnership for both parties. While Portwest operate on a worldwide scale, they are a local, West of Ireland company whose values are very much aligned to our own.”

 “This is an exciting new sponsorship for Portwest”, said Owen Hughes, Acquisition and Financial Director at Portwest Limited, “We see this as a perfect match – two high achieving west of Ireland enterprises constantly innovating and sharing a confident, can-do attitude. We look forward to working with Connacht Rugby into the future”.

Portwest Group Chairman Cathal Hughes also welcomed the new partnership, saying, “We are very happy to work with Connacht Rugby. Although we are a global company, we remain strongly committed to supporting our local community. This is an ideal opportunity to partner with a proud sporting team who carry the west of Ireland standard high wherever they go”.

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