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03 Jan 2020

MAXOL KICKS OFF NEW SEASON SPONSORSHIP OF ULSTER MINI RUGBY FESTIVALS

MAXOL KICKS OFF NEW SEASON SPONSORSHIP OF ULSTER MINI RUGBY FESTIVALS

Maxol, Northern Ireland’s leading family owned forecourt and convenience retailer, is delighted to announce their title sponsorship of the Maxol Ulster Mini Rugby Festivals 2019/20 for the sixth consecutive season.

Brian Donaldson, Chief Executive Officer of The Maxol Group said: “We are extremely proud of our continued sponsorship of the Maxol Ulster Mini Rugby Festivals. The events provide a brilliant opportunity for young players to come together to have a lot of fun and learn important lessons about having an active, healthy lifestyle and they even get to meet their Ulster Rugby heroes on the pitch.

“At Maxol, we play an active role in supporting local communities and it’s important that we continue to give something back to those who have supported Maxol over the years whilst also bringing some fun and enjoyment to children across the Province.”

Mini Rugby is the introductory level of rugby, encouraging children, aged 6-12 to get their first experience of the game. Each year, approximately 1,500-2,000 children attend the Maxol Ulster Mini Rugby festivals held at various rugby clubs throughout the Province before participating in a four-day Finals Festival at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast, the home of Ulster Rugby.

Jacob Stockdale, Maxol Brand Ambassador and professional rugby player, said, “I’m very proud to help Maxol launch the new season of Maxol Mini Rugby Festivals.  Ours is a shared passion for supporting grassroots rugby and it’s great to be able to encourage the next generation of players to explore the sport and create healthy exercise habits through the fun-filled Mini Rugby Festivals.”

Maxol has been supporting rugby at grassroots level for the last 27 years through its involvement with the Ulster Mini-Rugby festivals for children in primary schools, local club sponsorships and the Irish Universities Rugby Union (IURU). 

Neil Hanna, Head Of Commercial at Ulster Rugby said, "At Ulster Rugby we want to give children a taste for rugby at an early age and help to develop and nurture their relationship with the sport. Maxol’s ethos of being at the heart of the community mirrors our commitment to local grassroots rugby clubs across the Province, making them the perfect partner for our Mini Rugby Programme."