Ospreys fan Keith Collins will be watching the Ospreys for just £7 a match next season after taking advantage of the 'Introduce-a-Friend' season-ticket offer.
Under the terms of the initiative Keith, who is currently Media Officer and Reps Coordinator for the Ospreys Supporters Club, paid just £117.50 for his Category B season-ticket for 2011/12 after introducing two new season-ticket holders for the forthcoming campaign and renewing prior to this weekend’s Loyalty Discount deadline.
The ‘Introduce-a-Friend’ deal allows all existing season-ticket holders to receive substantial discounts on the cost of their ticket when they sign up mates who didn’t own a season-ticket during the 2010/11 season, and they can even get it completely free of charge if they introduce four friends.
Speaking about the deal, Keith, who has held an Ospreys season-ticket since the very first year of regional rugby, said:
“It’s a fantastic deal, I’ve introduced two friends who have bought their first ever season-tickets, Category A, and I’ve got mine for half price. It’s brilliant value.
“They are fans who regularly come to games but never realised the benefit of being season-ticket holders. Last season they came to twelve games, paying for tickets match-by-match, and they paid more than they have buying these season-tickets. I don’t think people realise that it is often works out cheaper to buy a season-ticket even when they can’t get to every game, and that’s without the peripheral benefits like shop discount, OSC membership and priority for tickets should we progress to knockout stages.
“I also consider it important that as a season-ticket holder I’m truly buying into the Ospreys, and in doing that, I’m part of the ownership of the region and of the vision.”
Ospreys Managing Director, Roger Blyth, said that the best ambassadors for the region were supporters like Keith, who could really help to sell the benefits of season-tickets to fellow fans:
“One of the most common things we hear from supporters is that they would love to come to more games but the cost is prohibitive. Not enough people realise what fantastic value for money the season-ticket packages are, even in cases such as the one highlighted by Keith Collins, where supporters can’t get to every game.
“Initiatives like ‘Introduce-a-Friend’ allow everyone to benefit. Existing season-ticket holders can get even better value when they renew through a discount for introducing friends, while those being introduced also get the fantastic value for money that season-tickets offer. Everyone’s a winner.”
The ‘Introduce-a-Friend’ allows any existing season ticket holder to get a huge discount on their renewal – from 25 per cent to 100 per cent depending on whether they introduce two, three or four friends who didn’t have a season-ticket in 2010/11, meaning that they can potentially enjoy the whole of next season without paying a single penny, the best value you could possibly get.
Keith Collins added:
“It’s important that rugby people in the region really support the Ospreys and believe in what they are trying to do here. I’m Chairman of Waunarlwydd RFC Junior Section and I truly believe that we all play a part on the regional development pathway, with Waunarlwydd feeding Swansea, who then feed the Ospreys – as is the case with former Waun player Jason Hyatt who is now Swansea coach. We all have a part to play in making the Ospreys successful.”