BT marks 10 years of sponsorship with Welsh Rugby 

  • BT’s sponsorship of all four pro rugby teams in Wales for the 2023-24 season marks 10 consecutive years as sponsor 
  • The partnership is one of the longest sponsorship deals in the history of Welsh regional rugby 
  • The sponsorship has seen community events such as the ‘Mini Judgement Day’ rugby festival at the Cardiff Arms Park for young players 

BT has confirmed that it will continue to sponsor the four professional rugby union sides in Wales until the end of the 2023-24 season, marking ten consecutive years as sponsor.

The company has sponsored all four Welsh professional teams – Ospreys, Cardiff Rugby, Scarlets and Dragons – since 2014, making it one of the longest sponsorship deals in the history of Welsh regional rugby.

When the first sponsorship agreement was signed in 2014, the ground-breaking deal used the BT Sport name and promoted support for grassroots, youth and community rugby.

BT said that it, and Welsh rugby, had experienced a lot of change over the last ten years, but that it was pleased to provide “continuity” in its support for professional and community rugby in Wales.

Scarlets Executive Chairman Simon Muderack said: “Speaking on behalf of the four Welsh professional sides, we’d like to express our heartfelt thanks to BT for their ongoing support of the domestic game.

“For the last decade, BT have been there through the highs and lows of Welsh rugby. To have such a well-respected business leader backing the game has meant a lot and all four of us look forward to collaborating on various initiatives and projects to promote Welsh rugby in the years to come.”

During the course of the sponsorship, the BT brand has appeared on player kits, at the clubs’ grounds and the agreement has involved community engagement with the teams.

Community initiatives have included the ‘Mini Judgement Day’ rugby festival, sponsored by BT, which has seen more than 1,000 young players (aged 7+8) from community clubs in all four regions come together for a mini ‘tag’ rugby tournament at the iconic Cardiff Arms Park stadium.

Other initiatives have included an education and mentoring programme with the clubs called ‘Tackle’, to help inspire young people in disadvantaged areas of Wales. There has also been joint charity work including BT and EE volunteers supporting various initiatives including food banks, Christmas charity food parcel drops and painting community clubhouses.

Matt Stevenston, head of sponsorship at BT Group, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to celebrate ten years of our sponsorship and relationship with the four Welsh teams. We believe this is the longest sponsorship in the history of the four Welsh clubs, so it's great to mark this milestone. BT and Welsh rugby have seen a lot of change in this ten-year period, but we’re proud to have been able to provide continuity in our support over this time.

“We hope our joint charity work and support for events like the BT Community Rugby festivals has made a difference and helped inspire a new generation of players and supporters.”

BT Group has a significant presence in Wales, both as a major employer and a leading provider of broadband and mobile connectivity. It currently employs around 4,000 people across Wales and is about to open a brand-new office and regional hub in the centre of Cardiff.

EE, part of BT Group, is also the lead sponsor of Wales’s national football teams.

About BT Group

BT Group is the UK’s leading provider of fixed and mobile telecommunications and related secure digital products, solutions and services. We also provide managed telecommunications, security and network and IT infrastructure services to customers across 180 countries.

BT Group consists of three customer-facing units: Consumer serves individuals and families in the UK; Business covers companies and public services in the UK and internationally; Openreach is an independently governed, wholly owned subsidiary wholesaling fixed access infrastructure services to its customers - over 650 communications providers across the UK.

British Telecommunications plc is a wholly owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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