Winter sport is getting underway with Manly Rugby Football Club on a major membership drive joining forces with sponsors, the Mounties Group, to extra encourage more spectators to games and build club support.
COVERED. spoke to MRFC board member Sean Richardson from Freshwater Financial Services, to find out more.
Ruby Union may not be the biggest code on the Northern Beaches but it has a strong base and dedicated players and supporters of the game.
Now MRFC is looking to draw members to games and promote the opportunity for people to join others in their community watching, supporting and relaxing before, during and after matches.
In a sponsorship deal with the Mounties Group, MRFC is offering a one-year complimentary membership to the Mounties Group to access Harbord Diggers and Manly Bowling Club when they take out a rugby membership.
Connecting the Community
Sean explains, “It’s about forging relationships with the community and making connections in the local area.”
He says the Mounties Group, through the Manly Bowling Club and Harbord Diggers sites, has been a long term supporter of the Club, first becoming the major sponsor in 2011.
MRFC President, Anthony Bergelin said, “We have enjoyed a terrific relationship with Mounties Group for a number of years now, and we look forward to an even stronger strategic partnership moving forward.
“There is clearly an alignment between our organisations with a strong sense of community engagement at the forefront, and I am delighted that Mounties Group continues to support us in this way.
“Commercial support in Club Rugby is becoming increasingly challenging to secure, and through our relationship with Mounties Group we are able to plan for an exciting and successful future”. Mounties Group General Manager, Dale Hunt, added, “The Marlins are one of the most iconic sporting clubs on the Northern Beaches and the alignment between high performance and community engagement that the club delivers is very rewarding.
“We are excited by the strategic direction the club is heading and we look forward to working with their leadership team in achieving further success on and off the field.”
Mitch Daniel, the Marlins Club Captain said, “It’s no secret that the Manly Bowling Club provides the best post-match atmosphere in the Shute Shield, and nothing feels better than to celebrate our on-field successes in the company of our supporters there.”
A MRFC membership gives entrance to the nine home games held at Manly Oval and there are additional membership levels that also offer food and drink options.
The Marlins’ first home game at Manly Oval will be their Intrust Shute Shield Round Two fixture versus Sydney University. Entrance is $15 on the gate, or visit manlyrugby.com.au for season ticket options.