Enterprise plc, a major player in the utility services and public sector maintenance industry, have been announced as a sponsor of RGC (Rygbi Gogledd Cymru) 1404 via the Welsh Rugby Union.
"Developing a successful rugby business is key to the sustainability of RGC1404 as a high performance regional team," stated RGC chairman Kenton Morgan.
"We are creating history and I have no doubt that in the future, when we look back at these early days, we will see the support from Enterprise as critical to our success. Their vision is to support "Sustainable, productive communities that benefit the residents, businesses and future generations" and this is also an aim of the Cooperative Community Interest Company which runs the team. Their logo will be shown across the shoulders of our shirts and we will carry it with pride."
Kevan Rudd, Service Director for Enterprise explained their involvement further: "Enterprise is fully supporting rugby in North Wales. We recently sponsored a new kit for the Presidents XV team and are now backing the RGC 1404 team in their quest. We can see the huge potential here and want to be long-term partners in this exciting project." He also revealed: "We have signed up to a 1-year deal, with the option to extend for a further 2 years via the WRU with RGC 1404 and I hope this shows our commitment to not just the team, but to the region as a whole."
Cllr Dilwyn Roberts, Leader of Conwy County Borough Council said, "I am delighted that RGC 1404 have the support of the business community, it reaffirms the Council's belief that this important initiative that will bring opportunities as well as enjoyment to North Wales."
The RGC 1404's new kit has also been officially unveiled. Joe Lydon, WRU Head of Performance & Development said: "The WRU are backing this project to be a success and to do this it was felt that a kit was needed that would bring RGC 1404 into the modern era. The kit is being produced by Samurai and uses the traditional North Walian colours of black and yellow. An awful lot of consideration was taken during the design process and I hope that the supporters like the kit and can now see the huge strides forward that the team are making".
"This team has the potential to really progress and compete at the highest level. Announcements like this are brilliant news as they show that there is commitment, not just verbally, but also that businesses want to be involved with us and be part of a project that is going places" stated Clive Griffiths, Head Coach of RGC 1404. "Personally I really like the look of the kit and look forward to seeing the supporters wearing the kit at future games".
Canadian international, Doug Wooldridge, first played in the kit during the recent 20-11 victory over Worcester Warriors 'A' and he felt that the new kit gave the players an added dimension: "The kit gave the players an extra spring in their step and a little extra confidence".
North Walian scrum-half Carwyn Williams added: "We really feel like a team now and are looking forward to coming up against top-class opposition whom we feel we can now compete against on a level playing field".
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.