The Old Wimbledonians RFC is a sociable, inclusive, community-driven rugby club with teams ranging from a senior men’s First XV through all age-groups, right down to six years old.
In total we are home to over 500 players and around 70 volunteer coaches, and that’s without mentioning the fantastic support each team receives on the touchline every match day.
We’ve recently launched this new website, are building on the reach and engagement of our ever-growing social media channels, and have invested in several initiatives to increase our existing player pool significantly.
As a result of all this, our club is currently experiencing an exciting period of significant growth, with a strategy in place to drive success both on and off the pitch during the 2019/20 season and beyond. This is your chance to be a part of that.
We believe that greater involvement with the local community will be crucial to helping us achieve our ambitious targets over the next few years. However, we also believe it’s important for the Old Wimbledonians to become a place that local businesses can rely on to help achieve growth and success of their own.
Please find below a range of opportunities for partnership and collaboration, all of which we’ll be happy to work closely with you to ensure any arrangement is of maximum value to everyone, and tailored to help us both achieve our goals.
Old Wimbledonians RFC Sponsorship Pack, 2019/20 Season
Digital Marketing Opportunities
We have a brand new website which we'll now be driving significant web traffic to on a consistent basis, through a variety of weekly blog articles, updates, news posts, SEO techniques, and more.
We also have a strong existing following across Twitter (800) Instagram (400), and Facebook (330), each of which are currently growing by around 15 followers per week, set to increase drastically once the season begins and weekly activity increases. Here are some opportunities to capitalise on that:
Place a banner advertisement on the homepage of our website promoting your business
Details: The banner, which you will provide, will be given prime real estate on our homepage, and will link through to your own company website. Choose between a month-long placement, or rotating with other partners for the whole season.
Benefits: Exposure for your brand to all visitors to our website, plus back-links to your own website.
Sponsor our weekly newsletter
Details: We send out a weekly newsletter to our members and wider rugby community, with a reach of hundreds of email addresses. You can have a specific mention as the sponsor, as well as your company name, logo, and link to your website included. Choose from a month-long placement, or become the exclusive sponsor for the whole season.
Benefits: Exposure for your brand to all recipients of our newsletter on a weekly basis.
Sponsor our weekly team announcement post
Details: Each week we will publish a post announcing that week's line-up and providing a preview for our match that Saturday, and promote it via all our social media channels alongside a graphic showing the team sheet. You can have a specific mention as the sponsor, as well as your company name, logo, and link to your website included. Choose between a month-long placement, or become an exclusive sponsor for the whole season.
Benefits: Exposure for your brand to all followers across all our social media channels, back-links to your own website from our blog
Sponsor our weekly match report
Details: Each week we will write a blog article recapping our match the previous Saturday, and promote via all our social media channels and our newsletter. You can have a specific mention as the sponsor, as well as your company name, logo, and link to your website included. Choose between a week-long placement, a month, or become the exclusive sponsor for the whole season.
Benefits: Exposure for your brand to all followers across all our social media channels and all recipients of our newsletter, plus back-links to your own website from our blog
We will play a total of nine home matches and nine away matches in the 2019/20 season. That’s also not including a high-profile annual Boxing Day game against local rivals Old Ruts, and end-of-season tour abroad, and a number of friendlies still awaiting confirmation.
While it’s difficult to predict the size of crowds at away fixtures, we regularly welcome a crowd of over 100 spectators to each of our home games, with sometimes double or even triple that number in the sunnier months.
- Gain your company name and logo on our playing shirts (worn during every home and away game)
- Gain your company name and logo on our playing shorts (worn during every home and away game)
- Gain your company name and logo on our warm-up shirts (worn before every home and away game)
As much as our team is made up of committed, hard-working rugby players, we also know how to have fun, and pride ourselves on a vibrant calendar of social events each year.
We regularly hold social events at our club house, which is a fantastic venue for all sorts of occasions. In previous years we’ve seen great success in attracting large crowds of all ages, as well as generating strong engagement from the wider community.
Please enquire further if you’d like to discuss the specifics of these opportunities:
- The 2019 Rugby World Cup – October
- The OWRFC 2019 Quiz Night – November
- The OWRFC Annual Christmas Dinner – December
- The OWRFC 2020 Race Night – February 2020
- The OWRFC End-of-Season Awards Dinner – April 2020
- The OWRFC End-of-Season Tour – May 2020
Each month we will announce a ‘Player of the Month’ prize, which will be done via a blog article and promoted via all our social media channels, as well as being included in our monthly newsletter.
This Player of the Month prize is available for sponsorship, either on a single-month basis, or for exclusive sponsorship across the whole season.
As mentioned above, we will also end our season with a fantastic, high-profile awards dinner. Attendance for this event is expected to reach over 100 people, with the entire First XV playing squad present as well as coaches, friends, family, and supporters.
This event will include a number of awards for players which can be sponsored, including:
- Player of the Season
- Club Man of the Year
- Best New-comer
- Most Improved Player
- Top Try Scorer
- Top Points Scorer
House and Grounds Opportunities
The Old Wimbledonians is not only home to the rugby club, we also host several football teams, several cricket teams, and a large number of school events and activities all year round.
There is large-scale banner advertising space available alongside our First XV pitch, as well as in and around our club house, to provide great exposure among our members and large match day crowds.
Please enquire further if you’d like to discuss the specifics of these opportunities.