Hill extend Varsity Match partnership

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 September 2018

Cambridge University captain Lara Gibson after last year's win in the Women's Varsity Match. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge University captain Lara Gibson after last year's win in the Women's Varsity Match. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Plans announced on eve of new Cambridge University RUFC season

Hill have extended their partnership with the Varsity Match.

The homebuilder partnered with the prestigious event for the first time last year, displaying their logo on the front of the two teams’ shirts.

They will be doing so again for the matches on Thursday, December 6, which will mark the 30th anniversary of the Women’s Varsity Match.

The first game was held at Iffley Road, Oxford in 1988, and former players of the Oxford and Cambridge squads will reunited at Twickenham on Varsity Match day to commemorate the occasion.

The partnership will also see Hill and the Varsity Match partner with SportInspired to deliver two community Inspire to Aspire programmes with schools in Barking, Dagenham and Southwark, to develop leadership skills through training and connectivity with Oxford and Cambridge University Rugby Clubs.

Andy Hill, chief executive at Hill, said: “In the 30th anniversary year of the Women’s Varsity Match, we are delighted to continue our support of this iconic tradition.

“Long gone are the days when rugby was considered a male dominated sport and raising the profile of women’s rugby will hopefully encourage even more women who may be interested in the sport to get involved.

“We are also really proud to be working in partnership with SportInspired to motivate over 500 school children to get active, play rugby and develop leadership skills.

“Not only will the additional exercise help improve these children’s health and mental wellbeing, but the programme will also highlight the benefits of commitment, teamwork and great organisation – skills that are very closely aligned with our own EPIC business values.”

David Searle, the he Varsity Match chief executive, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Hill in 2018 which will see a significant milestone for the Women’s Varsity Match.

“We would like to thank Hill for their continued support and look forward to another memorable season.”

Tickets for the 32nd Women’s Varsity Match and 137th Men’s Varsity Match at Twickenham on December 6 are on sale now from £20 adults and £10 students.

Find out more and get tickets at thevarsitymatch.com.

Cambridge University start their Varsity Match build-up tonight against Loughborough.

Full fixture list: September 19 – Loughborough University (H), September 26 – Durham University (H); October 1 – Cambridge (H), October 6 – Welsh Academicals (A), October 17 – British Police (H), 
October 24 – Richmond (A), October 31 – Pacific Islanders (H), November 6 – Trinity College Dublin (H), November 14 – Crawshays (H), November 21 – Steele-Bodger XV (H).

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