The Scottish Rugby Academy unveil new title sponsor

The Scottish Rugby Academy has unveiled a new title sponsor ahead of the announcement of the new intake of players for the 2018/19 season.

Fosroc, a leading international manufacturer and supplier of high performance chemicals for the construction industry will be the naming sponsor of the Scottish Rugby Academy alongside having a branding presence on the shirts of Scotland U18 and U20 over the course of the three-year deal.

The new partnership is the result of an on-going relationship between Scottish Rugby and Fosroc, which was initially formed through the Scotland Business Club, which provides networking opportunities around national team fixtures in Scotland and abroad.

Launched in June 2015, Scottish Rugby’s Academy was established through initial funding from the BT sponsorship package and has successfully developed young male and female players across its four regional centres in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Borders.

The academy has developed scores of young players in recent years with a several going on to full-time professional contracts and representative honours every season.

Recent graduates like George Horne, Lewis Carmichael, Jamie Ritchie and Matt Fagerson all made their Test debuts on the recent Scotland summer tour, while the academy has also supported Scotland’s first full-time female players, such as Scotland Women stars Jade Konkel and Chloe Rollie.

Non-Exec Chairman of Fosroc, Dr Jim Hay, said: “As a proud Scotsman I have followed the Scotland national team for many years and I’m now thrilled Fosroc will help support future generations of rugby players through our involvement with the Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy and the Scotland U18 and U20 programmes.

“The academy has proven over the last few years how important it is to the future of Scottish rugby and through this partnership we are confident it will continue to produce exciting talent.

“Carrying on from the work previously done, the Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy will also have a focus on the players’ careers, both on and off the pitch, and we look forward to working closely with the group to help assist their off-field development.”

Scottish Rugby Business Development Manager, Al Kellock, who oversees the Scotland Business Club said: “The academy is playing a huge part in the positive progress Scottish Rugby is making and I am delighted that Fosroc have partnered with us to continue that success.

“Fosroc have been members of the Scotland Business Club for the past two years and through that, and many other rugby events, I have got to know Jim Hay and Ian Watt (CEO, Fosroc) and their enthusiasm for the game and interest in supporting it to a wider level.

The Scotland Business Club was set up to bring together businesses that share a passion for Scottish Rugby. It is that passion which has seen Fosroc deepen its support and work with the next generation of players through the Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy.”

Scottish Rugby’s Technical Director, Stephen Gemmell, said: “The objective of the academy was to provide depth at all levels and ensure we developed the whole person, not just the athlete and we are making good progress across the male and female game.

“Academy players, through their preparation in regional centres, from coaches and backroom staff, are making a really positive contribution to the game in Scotland at all levels and many are now continuing on to start their professional careers.

“I’d like to thank Fosroc for their commitment to the academy and look forward to working closely with them to continue its success.”

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