Viessmann Limited, one of the leading international manufacturers of heating systems, industrial systems and refrigeration systems, has agreed a two-year deal to support age-grade rugby.
The arrangement will see Viessman become the official heating partner of Ospreys Rugby and its logo will appear on the match shirts for the three Ospreys age-grade teams, U18s and U16s East and West.
In addition, Viessmann has become title sponsor of the Ospreys Cup, the most prestigious age-grade competition for clubs and schools across the Region. Ospreys favourites such as Owen Watkin and Keelan Giles are among the young players who have participated in the Ospreys Cup previously, representing their community clubs in the annual competition.
Viessmann will also enjoy wider exposure through the presence of ground board advertising at all Ospreys home Guinness PRO14 and European fixtures.
Future draws for the Ospreys Cup are planned to take place at Viessmann’s product training centre at Gower College Swansea.
Graham Russell, Viessmann Managing Director, said:
“Viessmann is very excited to be supporting Ospreys, especially the age-grade rugby where we can help to develop future talent to follow in the footsteps of some very well-known national and international players who have grown through the ranks of the club.
“Being a family business, Viessmann recognises the hard work and dedication required to be the best and also the support needed for young players from close family to make this happen. We are very proud to be part of the wider Ospreys community and look forward to being part of player development and overall club success.”
Viessmann previously teamed up with the Ospreys to support the WRU’s Facilities Grant scheme, offering subsidised heating equipment to grassroots rugby clubs in south and west Wales, while NSA Afan Community Centre in Port Talbot was the recent lucky recipient of a new system thanks to the Best Seat in the House competition run by the Ospreys at last season’s European clash with Northampton Saints.
Paul Whapham, Head of Ospreys in the Community, added:
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Viessmann formally as a partner. They are a business that cares passionately about the community and this agreement sees them front and centre in our development pathway, be that through traditional shirt sponsorship of the Ospreys age-grade teams, or their support of the Ospreys Cup, the flagship competition for schools and clubs at Under-16 and Under-16 level.
“Their support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to working closely with Viessmann in this and future seasons.”
Viessmann Limited is part of the Viessmann Group of companies, which is one of the leading international manufacturers of heating systems, industrial systems and refrigeration systems. Founded in 1917, Viessmann remains a family-owned business and has over 12,100 employees across the world.
Viessmann has 23 production divisions in 12 countries, subsidiaries and representations in 74 countries and 120 sales offices around the world. The company’s commitment to the highest standards of manufacturing has led to its systems being awarded a multitude of awards over the course of its history.