Mazda Ireland has announce the continuation of its sponsorship of Guinness Pro12 Champions, Connacht Rugby. Mazda has been a long standing partner of Connacht Rugby as both title and official car sponsor over the last six years and is truly proud of the well-earned success that Pat Lam and the team in Connacht Rugby have achieved so far in 2016.
Mazda also confirmed that local hero, Captain John Muldoon has been appointed as the Official Mazda Brand Ambassador for the 2016/2017 season. John joins fellow teammates Kieran Marmion and Denis Buckley as an official Mazda brand representative.
Mazda used the occasion to also announce that the successful Mazda & Connacht Rugby Clinic will return for a bumper one-day event in Carton House, Co Kildare on Sunday 9th October. All three brand ambassadors along with team management and a selection of fellow Connacht Rugby players will be on hand to pass their knowledge and skills on to younger generations of rugby stars.
The Rugby Clinic, sponsored by Mazda Ireland, will be a fantastic opportunity for young rugby enthusiasts to practice and finesse their skills with some of Ireland’s top players. As well as getting the chance to meet with the current Guinness Pro12 champions the day will also feature prize give-aways and for parents, the complete 162 Mazda range will be available to test drive, including the current world car of the year – the Mazda MX-5.
Speaking as the new official brand ambassador, John Muldoon said: “I am delighted to be an official Mazda brand ambassador for the coming season – I have worked closely with the brand over the last number of years and their support has been persistent since they came on board six years ago. This is a very exciting time for both us as a team and Mazda as we face a new season competing in both the European Champions Cup and the Guinness PRO12. I am really happy that Mazda’s Rugby Clinic will be returning to Carton House later this year – for young rugby fans, an opportunity to play and train with players that have been through it all offers them an invaluable learning experience the will enhance their enthusiasm and skills no end.”
As official car sponsor, Mazda will work closely with Connacht Rugby during the 2016/17 season to develop marketing activities and fan engagement which will help drive support for Connacht Rugby across the province.
Commenting to the Galway Advertiser on the renewed sponsorship, Avril Brophy, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager, Mazda Ireland said: “As long standing partners and supporters of Connacht Rugby, we are extremely proud of their fantastic achievement this year. Over the last 6 years, we have seen how hard the team and management at Connacht Rugby have worked to make the dream a reality and we know this is just the starting point for them.
It is that very passion and drive which first resonated with us as a brand when we originally partnered in 2011 as it perfectly reflects our own passion and challenger spirit. We are thrilled to be continuing our support of Connacht Rugby and we are looking forward to an equally action packed rugby season ahead”.