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PUMA® And The Kit Team Announce Rugby Tournament Sponsorship


MANCHESTER, 27th April 2009. PUMA® and The Kit Team announce a sponsorship deal with the 2009 Manchester Rugby Sevens event (MR7’s) held in July later this year.

The Kit Team as the Official Sportswear Sponsor to the event, will provide MR7’s Merchandise as well as PUMA® Referee’s kit. Also, up for grabs for the competing teams are £100 worth of The Kit Team PUMA® Rugby Teamwear vouchers for five of the Cup Runners Up Teams and £50 for five of the Plate Winner Teams.

John Howarth, Sales Director, The Kit Team states: “As a business, grassroots sport is important to us, so we’re delighted to be supporting the largest Rugby Sevens tournament in the North West. It gives us great pride to be the Official Sportswear Sponsor and we’re looking forward to meeting the competing teams over the three day event. It also gives us a great opportunity to seek out new teams within the code.”

The Kit Team are PUMA’s Licensee for PRO Teamsports in the UK and Ireland. The Kit Team design, manufacture and deliver PUMA Technical Kit and Trainingwear to Football and Rugby clubs including Bath Rugby, St. Helens Rugby League, England Rugby League and Reading FC.

On a larger scale, PUMA® has recently announced a new partnership that sees the leading sportlifestyle brand become the official supplier and the official licensee of replica merchandise for the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU).

Roger Harrison, Marketing Director, PUMA UK said: “We are delighted to be involved with the Manchester Rugby Sevens event and look forward to the tournament. It brings with it a great opportunity for North West teams to compete within the amateur game.”

The Kit Team brings the PUMA® brand to grassroots Rugby and exclusively offers grassroots Rugby teams the ability to design their very own PUMA® Kit.

Design the look, fit and style of your PUMA® Kit, all made in your clubs colours; then decide upon your name, numbering, club crest and sponsor branding detail including embroidery and heat transfer application techniques.

Call 0845 680 1204 or email to speak with your local Business Development Manager now.

PLUS visit for up to 25% off all PUMA Boots and Accessories and up to 15% off PUMA Trainingwear, Bodywear and Protection ranges.

MR7’s Merchandise
The 2009 MR7’s event merchandise will be available to buy at the event, but due to limited numbers attendees are advised to buy beforehand at


The Kit Team Press enquiries – Julie Orange – 07843 598 292 -
Puma enquiries – Gemma Oakes – 07815 903 833 –

Notes to Editors


The Kit Team is PUMA’s Licensee for PRO Teamsports for the UK & Ireland and are also the Official Merchandise Partner to the Rugby Football League. They design, manufacture and deliver Kit and Trainingwear to the PUMA professional portfolio of Football, Rugby Union and Rugby League clubs, including Reading FC, Bristol City FC, England Rugby League, St Helens Rugby League and Bath Rugby Union. The Kit Team now brings this same PUMA service to grassroots sport. The Kit Team understand the differences and similarities between the professional and amateur player requirements, serving educational establishments and the grassroots marketplace. Their commitment to grassroots teams is to provide quality Teamwear, conveniently and reliably; with a focus upon service and supply, vowing to provide grassroots teams with “Your Kit, Your Way”. For more information please visit


PUMA is one of the world’s leading sportlifestyle companies that designs and develops footwear, apparel and accessories. It is committed to working in ways that contribute to the world by supporting Creativity, SAFE Sustainability and Peace, and by staying true to the values of being Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative in decisions made and actions taken. PUMA starts in Sport and ends in Fashion. Its Sport Performance and Lifestyle labels include categories such as Football, Running, Motorsports, Golf and Sailing. The Black label features collaborations with renowned designers such as Alexander McQueen, Yasuhiro Mihara and Sergio Rossi. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Tretorn and Hussein Chalayan. The company, which was founded in 1948, distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 9,000 people worldwide and has headquarters in Herzogenaurach/Germany, Boston, London and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit


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