The University of Hull is celebrating a new partnership with Super League Club Hull KR.
As part of the partnership, the University will feature on the kits of all playing levels, including the club’s Academy side, Women’s, Learning Disability Rugby League (LDRL) and Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) as well as first team jerseys, next season.
Additionally, the University of Hull has become the principal sponsor of the club's newest side, Hull KR Netball, and will feature on their kits and digital media presence.
Jeremy Hartley, Chief Finance Officer at the University of Hull, said: “We are incredibly proud of the role we as a University play in the city and the region and we are delighted to announce this new partnership.
“Our shared vision is to enable opportunities through Rugby League for talent to develop both as players and students, in an inclusive and safe space whilst fostering success and achievement.
“Inclusivity is at the heart of everything we do, which is reflected in the diversity of our student body as well as the range of partnership work we do to promote access and success in local communities.
“It was incredibly important for us, therefore, that our support spanned each of the nine sides under the Hull KR umbrella. Rugby League has a rich history in our city and we are proud to be partnering the club and supporting the teams’ success.”
As well as supporting the Hull KR teams, the partnership includes the opportunity for students to take up industry placements in the fields of sport science, marketing, physiotherapy and in the media team, creating valuable opportunities for students to work behind the scenes at an elite Super League club.
In addition, the club will offer guest lectures in a range of disciplines to inspire students and educate them on the many ways of getting involved in the sport.
Hull KR Chief Executive Paul Lakin is proud to see a partner support the club at all levels and said: “The University of Hull is our first commercial partner to support the club across all nine of our sides, which now spans an incredible 283 players.
“The University of Hull are another anchor institution in the City, like ourselves, so it’s always pleasing to link up with good local partners, who are looking to grow their reach towards East Hull and beyond via the national platforms we offer. We look forward to a long and meaningful partnership, with many of our visions around sustainability and inclusivity, already aligned.”