Hatfield QE revving up to boost grassroots rugby after striking deal with Porsche

PUBLISHED: 16:30 24 April 2018

Hatfield Queen Elizabeth Rugby Club players show off their new kit after the club announced a new community partnership deal with Porsche Centre Hatfield. Picture: FLASH TO FRAME PHOTOGRAPHY

Hatfield Queen Elizabeth Rugby Club players show off their new kit after the club announced a new community partnership deal with Porsche Centre Hatfield. Picture: FLASH TO FRAME PHOTOGRAPHY

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Hatfield Queen Elizabeth Rugby Club will unveil a new strip in this Saturday’s cup final after signing a community partnership sponsorship deal with Porsche Centre Hatfield.

Hatfield Queen Elizabeth Rugby Club unveiled a new kit after announcing a new community partnership deal with Porsche Centre Hatfield. Picture: FLASH TO FRAME PHOTOGRAPHYHatfield Queen Elizabeth Rugby Club unveiled a new kit after announcing a new community partnership deal with Porsche Centre Hatfield. Picture: FLASH TO FRAME PHOTOGRAPHY

The squad, who clinched the Herts Middlesex Merit Table Three league title on Saturday with a 48-12 win at Watford, face Luton at Saracens Amateurs’ Bramley Road ground in Southgate.

And they will proudly wear the new yellow and green kit after announcing the deal.

The aim behind the partnership is to develop grassroots rugby in Hatfield and the surrounding area.

And Monday’s launch event was just the start for what both organisations hope will be a long-term partnership across a variety of community projects including joint promotions in schools, the University, charity and community events.

Hatfield Queen Elizabeth Rugby Club unveiled a new kit after announcing a new community partnership deal with Porsche Centre Hatfield. Picture: FLASH TO FRAME PHOTOGRAPHYHatfield Queen Elizabeth Rugby Club unveiled a new kit after announcing a new community partnership deal with Porsche Centre Hatfield. Picture: FLASH TO FRAME PHOTOGRAPHY

Toby Garrett, chairman of HQE, said: “It’s really important to us as a club that we work with businesses that are keen to help facilitate a growth in the sport of rugby, whilst also supporting the community in projects that directly influence the people of Hatfield.

“We are therefore delighted to work with the team at Porsche Centre Hatfield on a number of exciting projects over the coming months, with this launch event just a taster of what is to come in the future.”

Mark Goody, the centre principle at Porsche Centre Hatfield added: “Porsche is a sports-based company, we only build sports cars and we’ve won more races than any other manufacturer.

“That’s why we wanted to associate ourselves with a local sports team.

Hatfield Queen Elizabeth Rugby Club unveiled a new kit after announcing a new community partnership deal with Porsche Centre Hatfield. Picture: FLASH TO FRAME PHOTOGRAPHYHatfield Queen Elizabeth Rugby Club unveiled a new kit after announcing a new community partnership deal with Porsche Centre Hatfield. Picture: FLASH TO FRAME PHOTOGRAPHY

“We’d been looking for a team to sponsor for a while, but none seemed to fit until we met with Hatfield Queen Elizabeth.

“And we’re looking forward to a long relationship that’s not just about our name on the shirts; we want to be part of the rugby community.

“And it’s extra fitting that the site of Porsche Centre Hatfield is built on what used to be one of the original team pitches.”

The club will now turn their attention to completing the league and cup double and are calling on as many supporters as possible to make the trip south.


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