Be the 'ultimate supporter' with an Ospreys

Ospreys bosses today called on fans to be 'the ultimate supporter' by signing up for a season-ticket for the 2010/11 campaign.

The value for money packages available now cover 17 home games, two more than this season following the addition of two Italian teams to the Magners League, with additional benefits including free membership to the brand new Ospreys Supporters Club.

Following the success of the scheme last year, the Introduce-A-Friend initiative will once again be operating, potentially allowing adult supporters the chance to watch the Ospreys all season completely free of charge, while all juniors (16 and under) can claim a free season-ticket in the Family Stand if accompanied by a paying adult - you can't get better value than that!

With the Ospreys having recently reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring the ongoing development of home-grown Welsh talent, supporters are being urged to sign-up for a season-ticket for next season and to help fund the next generation of Ospreys.

Ospreys Managing Director, Roger Blyth, said:

"The underlying philosophy at the Ospreys is to develop home-grown talent that will allow us to ensure long-term, sustainable success at the region, as well as continuing to provide the Welsh national team with quality players. Your support is vital if we are to build on our success so far, and season-ticket revenue will make a significant contribution towards the inevitable costs associated with elite player development."

Adult season-tickets start at just £165, with OAP's and students paying just £125, when purchased before the Early Bird deadline of July 18th.

With the introduction of Benetton Treviso and Aironi to the Magners League for next season, the package offers better value for money than ever. Season-tickets cover 11 Magners League fixtures in the regular season (not play-offs), Heineken Cup and LV= Cup pool stages and a pre-season friendly.

Roger Blyth added:

"Times are still tough economically, which is why we have opted to keep prices low despite the two additional fixtures next season, making for prices which offer exceptional value for money. With 17 home games now covered, being an Ospreys season-ticket holder has never been so affordable or made so much sense, with it working out at under £10 a game  for an adult if you purchase a Category C season-ticket before the Early Bird deadline, against £18 if you buy a similar ticket on a game-by-game basis.

"We believe that Ospreys Rugby have made big strides forward on and off the pitch this season. Scott Johnson and his coaching team have really developed an exciting style of play which has helped to create a true Ospreys identity. While we were disappointed to go out of the Heineken Cup by the narrowest of margins possible after an exhilarating 80 minutes in San Sebastian, the response from the squad was fantastic, with a fantastic end of season run that secured our place in the Magners League Grand Final against Leinster in Dublin.

"Meanwhile, the outstanding work being done to develop the next generation of Ospreys has continued to deliver quality young players for both the region and Wales, with the likes of Tom Prydie and Kristian Phillips getting senior international recognition, while seven Eyasses with go to the Junior World Championships in Argentina with Wales U20's in June and on top of that, the Ospreys U16's won the WRU Regional Age Grade Championship.

"We have also worked extremely hard to significantly improve the match day atmosphere here at the Liberty Stadium with the introduction of the Supporters Village which has proven a tremendous success, and with the new Ospreys Supporters Club looking to work with us to continue improving the Ospreys experience, then the season-ticket looks even better value. With the cheapest adult season-ticket working out at less than £10 a game, they still offer considerable savings if you buy one knowing that you will be likely to miss a game or two so I would urge fans to consider buying one and being the ultimate supporters."

Additional benefits include free entry to all age-grade fixtures stages within Ospreylia, priority access to tickets for away matches and any knock-out games in the Magners League or Heineken Cup, as well as 10 per cent discount on all Ospreys merchandise purchased at the Ospreys Superstore and 10 per cent discount on additional tickets purchased for non-knock-out fixtures at the Liberty Stadium.

Under the terms of the Introduce-A-Friend initiative, any existing season ticket holder who introduces a friend who has never previously held a season ticket, will receive a 25 per cent discount on the price they pay. That discount rises to 50 per cent when two friends are introduced, and an incredible 100 per cent for three introductions, meaning that existing season ticket holders then get to experience top flight rugby without paying a single penny.

Existing season-ticket holders have until 30th June to secure their current seats.

Roger Blyth concluded:

"I would reiterate that we remain committed to developing Welsh talent for both the region and the national squad, and season ticket revenue will make a real contribution towards those costs. We want to ensure the Ospreys continue to lead the way in Wales, throughout 2010/11 and beyond, and we want to maintain our position as one of the leading professional rugby outfits in Europe.

"By investing in a season-ticket, you are helping us towards those aims and will play a big part in our future success. With your support, both FINANCIALLY and VOCALLY at each match, we will continue to grow. Together we are stronger."