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Welsh travel experts extend sponsorship of rugby giants

August 19, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Leisuretime News / by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

After Wales’ success in the European Football Tournament, the country is set to be gripped by their first sport as the Welsh Rugby season kicks off in September. And one company who can’t wait for the new season is holiday experts, Leisuretime.

The leading provider of premier coach trips to the UK, Europe beyond, has extended its sponsorship of Merthyr RFC, one of the biggest clubs in Wales, and will be the title sponsor for the upcoming season, after previously partnering with the club over the last two years. Further cementing their long-standing relationship with the sporting team, the company is set to adorn the team’s shirts and work with them throughout the coming year.

George Johnson, Director, said, “We are ecstatic to be extending our partnership with the team for the second year running. Rugby really is part of daily life for many here in Wales, and as one of the most successful businesses in south Wales, we are committed to giving back and supporting the community in South Wales and beyond.”

Owned by Welsh businessman and property developer, Sir Stanley Thomas, Merthyr RFC had an incredible season last year. Finishing top of the WRU Championship, the team is now set to play in the Principality Premiership for the coming season. In order to get ready for their premier challenge, the team has lead the way and had a 4g pitch installed at their home, The Wern Sports Park. One of the first Welsh Rugby clubs to take the leap towards an artificial field, the players are ready and raring to go and tackle some of the finest teams in the world, including Newport, Cardiff and Ebbw Vale, and set to be thrust onto one of the biggest stages in rugby.

Chanelle Murphy, Holiday Sales Consultant said “Our Coach Holiday Shop is located close to the Merthyr RFC ground in Merthyr town centre, so we can’t wait for the new season to kick off and hear the thousands of fans cheering on their local heroes.”


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Looking back at Wales’ Euro 2016 success

August 16, 2016 / 1 Comments / in Leisuretime News / by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

The European Football Championships may be a distant memory for some, however for Welsh football fans the memories of our home country’s successes are still ringing clearly.

In their first appearance in a major tournament since 1958, and marking their first ever appearance in the European Championships, the Welsh Dragons roared into the tournament destined for greatness. And they didn’t disappoint. Qualifying top of their Groupahead of rivals, England, the Welsh fans got behind their team the whole way as they out mastered and outclassed some of the best teams in the world.

And as always, the Leisuretime staff were behind the team every step of the way. As one of the region’s most active sports club sponsors, we went international by going above and beyond for the nationalteam.

We transported Welsh fans across the Channel for the Group stage matches, allowing some fans a once in a lifetime trip to see their side play on the world’s stage. We also gave fans an extra incentive, offering them the chance to receive a £50 voucher for every goal Wales scored throughout the competition. This resulted in us giving away an incredible £500 in Leisuretime holiday vouchers.

However one of the biggest projects we undertook caught the attention of national press. We wrapped a Bentley car in a Welsh flag and drove it all the way down to France (after doing a few laps of honour in Cardiff of course), and even managed to get a spot on Sky Sports due to the innovative idea. This proved to be hugely popular with football fans and locals alike, with people scrambling to get ‘selfies’ with the car and spread the word.

Towards the end of the tournament, football fever had well and truly took over Cardiff and the surrounding areas, and we decided to spread it even further by taking the action directly to Swansea City Centre. We sponsored the fan zone for Wales' Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal. Attracting thousands of football fans, the area became a sea of green and red as they dreamed of seeing their idols head into the Final. Unfortunately it didn’t quite happen for the Dragons, but the fans showed true pride and admiration for their home side clapping and cheering them right to the end.

We would like to offer up our thanks to all the people who made it possible for us to really get behind the team and fly the Welsh flag high. We’d also like to congratulate the team once again for their incredible achievement. Here’s to the World Cup 2018!


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