Scotland’s newest rugby league club, Forth Valley Vikings, has secured a sponsorship deal with leading publication LoveRugbyLeague.com.
The Vikings’ new purple and green kit will have the Love Rugby League logo on the front as main sponsor, as it prepares to start life playing other community clubs in Scotland at senior level, before developing teams at Under 16s and Under 19s as participation levels increase.
Kris Illingworth, founder of Forth Valley Vikings, said: “It is a great opportunity to have a large Rugby League brand on board, not only for ourselves but for Scotland Rugby League. Forth Valley Vikings are looking forward to working alongside Love Rugby League and developing the sport here in Scotland. James has already offered his expertise to help get the team off the ground. We look forward to a great future together.”
The club will be based in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire at Hillfoots RFC grounds.
Scotland Rugby League National Development Manager, James Sloggie added: “With the current sporting landscape being so challenging it is hugely exciting to have Forth Valley Vikings joining the Scotland Rugby League family. It is both encouraging and reassuring to see the passion for rugby league continues to grow and I’m sure this will transfer to the pitch when it’s safe to do so.
“It’s great to have Love Rugby League involved with the community game in Scotland and I’m sure this will be a huge asset in promoting not only The Vikings but also rugby league across Scotland.”
Love Rugby League, founded in 2005, is one of the sport’s leading media publications, with news, statistics, features, interviews and much more covering all levels of the game, from Super League and the NRL, to the community game and French Elite championship.
Editor James Gordon said: “We’re pleased to be joining Forth Valley Vikings on their journey from day one. I am a passionate advocate of expanding the game in the right way, particularly by developing the player pool in new areas. Clearly for this to happen, multiple teams need to be created in new areas, and hopefully the addition of the Vikings will provide the already established Scottish community clubs with more games to play, and thus creating more interest. I look forward to using our experience and reach to help grow not only the Vikings, but rugby league in Scotland as a whole.”
Anyone who is interested in playing for the Vikings this coming season, can get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.