SP Energy Networks to sponsor Scotland Women and age-grade sides

Scotland Women rugby team will have its own shirt sponsor for the first time as it welcomes SP Energy Networks onto its playing kit this season.

It is the first separate shirt sponsor from the Scotland men’s side since the men’s and women’s unions integrated in 2009.

The three-year deal – which also includes rights for the Scotland U20, Scotland U18 and Scotland Women 7s teams -- will see SP Energy Network’s distinctive logo feature on the front of all the teams’ home and alternate strips from the 2018/19 season.

Scottish Rugby’s Chief Operating Officer Dominic McKay said: “We are very proud to be able to bring in a vital organisation like SP Energy Networks and develop our existing relationship to the extent they are now investing in our Scotland Women national team and age-grade teams at this level.

“Scottish Rugby has focussed heavily on developing the women’s and youth rugby programmes in recent years and this ground-breaking sponsorship deal reflects how attractive those areas of the game have become, through improving results, to blue chip companies who want to associate themselves with the sport and the communities these teams represent.”

CEO of SP Energy Networks, Frank Mitchell, said: “We are proud to sponsor the Scotland Women’s rugby side as a new, exciting season is about to get underway.

“SP Energy Networks is committed to supporting women and girls in our workplaces, through our apprenticeships, women returners’ programmes and through STEM education in schools, colleges and universities, and our deal with Scotland Women is an extension of that. Through this new partnership we will help change many young women’s attitudes to opportunities in sport and in pursuing a career in engineering.

“SP Energy Networks will support rugby at all levels and ages, so we’re also delighted that this includes the talent of the future competing at under-18 and under-20 age grades.”

 “We’re pleased too, that Scottish Rugby will ensure that the key work we do in the communities we serve will be amplified, be that the extra support we can give during a power cut, or access to specialised help services or safety messages.

“We look forward to working closely with Scottish Rugby over the next three years.”

As part of the deal, Scottish Rugby will share SP Energy Networks key messaging around safety, power cuts and careers within science, technology, engineering and maths with communities throughout Scotland as the sports body aims to inspire the next generation of players.

Scottish Rugby will also work with its charitable partners to raise awareness of SP Energy Networks’ services for those with additional requirements; vulnerable customers who need extra help during power cuts, or those who need a little extra support in their day-to-day lives.

Scottish Rugby’s Head of Women & Girls Rugby, Gemma Fay, said: “This is a hugely positive step which demonstrates the progress the team is making through Scottish Rugby’s investment. We are developing improved performance programmes which is enabling our players to train and play more competitively than ever before, and also allows us to develop a wider base of quality players capable of playing at the highest level.

“To attract a standalone sponsor not only brings in welcome revenue but also helps to develop the team’s identity and recognises the contribution the group is making within Scottish sport as the pinnacle of women’s rugby and something young players can aspire to.”

The new Scotland Women strips with the SP Energy Networks’ logo will be on sale soon.

The team will play their first tests in the new strip this November – including a match at Scotstoun Stadium against Canada on 27 November 2018. Scotland U20 will wear the SPEN logo when they compete in the U20 Six Nations Championship. Scotland U18 fixtures will be confirmed in due course.

SP Energy Networks owns and operates the electricity transmission and distribution network in Central and Southern Scotland.

The deal follows on from its community partnership and sponsorship agreement with Glasgow Warriors last season and membership of the Scotland Business Club.

More information on SP Energy Networks’ additional services for those in need can be found here.

Information on SP Energy Networks’ career opportunities can be found here.