The Ospreys have revealed their new look away jersey ahead of their game against Saracens at the HAC in the City of London this evening, where it will be worn by the team for the very first time.
The new-look shirt follows the Ospreys away shirt tradition of a white base, which this year incorporates a grey panelling scheme similar to the home jersey. This is complimented by a striking cyan and yellow colour scheme, in line with this season’s official training range.
The Ospreys are wearing BLK playing and training kit for the first time this season after announcing what was described as “the single most significant commercial partnership in the history of the region” earlier this year.
In a deal which runs until the end of 2016/17, BLK will also supply the regional age-grade teams, as well as providing an extensive range of supporters apparel.
One of the most notable changes to this year’s away jersey sees the logo of commercial partners OSTC FX emblazoned across the front for the first time, after featuring on the left sleeve last season and secondary positions on the front and back of the new home jersey that was unveiled at the Liberty Stadium earlier this month.
Today’s game in the heart of London’s business district is the perfect location for the OSTC FX sponsorship and new-look away jersey to be launched, with Ospreys management, players and commercial partners through the London Ospreys Business Network coming together at the HAC to celebrate the partnership.
Mike Shirley, Managing Director, OSTC UK, said:
“OSTC are delighted to enjoy such a fantastic relationship with Ospreys Rugby, one that continues to go from strength to strength with today’s unveiling of the new-look away jersey which prominently features our company logo.
“Given the international nature of our business it makes absolute sense for our logo to be on the front of a shirt that will be worn by the players overseas in EuroZone countries France, Ireland and Italy. To launch the jersey in London’s business district, with so many of our partners and fellow Ospreys supporters is fantastic. Hopefully, the relationship which began in 2013 will continue to grow over the coming seasons.”
OSTC FX were confirmed as the official foreign exchange partner of Ospreys Rugby in the summer of 2013. Since then the relationship has grown,with the company now providing services to all parties within the Liberty Stadium, and OSTC FX upgrading their sponsorship this year.
Established in 1999, OSTC now has 15 international offices employing almost 500 staff in territories as diverse as Canada, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Turkey and India. It’s largest office is in Swansea, with 70 staff employed in the SA1 development.
In 2013 OSTC received the Ruban D'Honneur at the European Business Awards as one of the top 10 companies in Europe with a turnover of £26m-£150m.
OSTC FX will be working alongside the Ospreys’ new initiatives outside of Wales such as the London Ospreys, European sister club development and UAE grassroots sporting activity.
Ospreys Commercial Manager, Yarnie Guthrie, added:
“The launch of the away jersey at the Liberty Stadium at the start of August was a huge success, with over a thousand supporters joining directors, staff and commercial partners for a fantastic day and a first glimpse of the home shirt.
“Given the nature of OSTC’s business and the sponsorship of the away jersey we felt that unveiling the jersey today and the team wearing it for the first time in this prestigious friendly in London was the perfect way to celebrate OSTC’s renewed commitment to the Ospreys.
“OSTC FX are a global organisation with a strong presence in our region, who share our business values and outlook. Their expertise is a huge benefit to us in our multiple international financial transactions each season, while our other commercial partners also have access to their services. There is no doubt their ongoing support is a major vote of confidence in Ospreys Rugby.”
Since 2006 the Ospreys jersey has become a sales phenomenon, proving to be the second biggest selling club or regional rugby jersey in UK and Ireland in every season.
An independent report compiled in 2013 by Running Rugby, a respected website aimed at ‘decision makers in league and union’ illustrated how the Ospreys continue to outsell their rivals, with sales running at double the number of the other three Welsh regions combined.
The new Ospreys away jersey is available to pre-order now instore and online at shop.ospreysrugby.com with delivery in early September. Adult jerseys cost £54.99 with junior sizes priced at £44.99.
OSTC Foreign Exchange, part of OSTC Group, specialises in deliverable Foreign Exchange products and services. Providing a treasury management function to support both corporate and private clients, OSTC Foreign Exchange aims to provide transparent, competitive pricing on all types of international business. From private clients buying a property abroad, to the needs of a corporate client managing their foreign currency exposure created by their business, OSTC Foreign Exchange will provide the service needed to manage the exposure proactively.
For further information on OSTC Foreign Exchange visit their website, www.ostcfx.com