My name is Chris Ashton and I am Chairman of South London Silverbacks Masters Rugby League Club, based in Beckenham, south east London
Masters Rugby League is Rugby League for the Over 35s – social rugby league for Gentlemen who should know better. It is the fastest growing form of the game and we are the only Masters Rugby League club in London
We’re a small very friendly club of around 20 registered players and a loyal band of supporters made up of former rugby union players, retired rugby league players, season ticket holders of London Broncos and friends of friends – we have our own ground with great facilities at Club Langley and, in our short history of two years – we have hosted the touring Australia Masters Rugby League team in 2017 and earlier this year, we went on our first expansion Tour to Carcassonne in southern France
On the strength of the Carcassonne Tour, we are going to Toronto on Tour in June 2019 in an effort to showcase and expand Masters Rugby League (and indeed Rugby League in general) in Canada – this will be the first ever Masters Rugby League Tour to Canada, so this is a particularly ground breaking trip – particularly for a club such as ours from outside the traditional heartlands of this great sport.
This is a very ambitious Tour for a club of our size and the logistics are a challenge, but we’d have had the necessary approval from the sport’s govenerning body in both countries and we’ve fixtures arranged versus an Ontario Masters XIII and also versus a Toronto Wolfpack Masters XIII in a showcase curtain-raiser before their First Grade fixture at the Lamport Stadium
The Rugby League Media is getting involved and there is genuine excitement around the Rugby League world over our trail blazing Tour – they will be playing Masters Rugby League long after we have been and gone, a legacy left by the South London Silverbacks Masters Rugby League Club
As you can see the club is going from strength to strength and are looking to link up with several military veterans associations with views to former military personnel to join our club, to assist with development and assimilation into the civilian way of life, also we’re looking to form partnerships with mens’ health and well-being charities to raise awareness for these issues and also to assist with player recruitment and retention too
All of this is remarkable for a Masters Rugby League Club in London, which is traditionally a non rugby league playing region. It is building, however, particularly with the London Broncos having been promoted back into Super League for the 2019 season – a club we have a good relationship with, indeed we play some of our games as curtain raisers to their First Grade fixtures, something we’re looking to continue with in the upcoming season
We cannot do any of this without the players’ yearly subscriptions and fundraisers alone – we rely heavily on the contributions of sponsors and we’re doing great things for sport, Rugby League in the South, health/fitness/well-being of middle aged and older men and in a fun, safe and supportive environments – so it isn’t cheap, as most of our away games are up north which is costly.
We are therefore looking for sponsors for the 2019 season and I’m writing to you with regards to it and if this would be of interest to you – we’re looking at £3000 for 3 years (2019 onwards) from one primary sponsor or across numerous sponsors, we have options to suit all budgets
In return for sponsorship we can offer your company logo across our playing kit and all off-field training gear and post match leisurewear, mentions in all social media output including Facebook/Twitter and also on our club website (www.slsilverbacks.com
) – you will have an advert in all match programmes produced and double page spread feature on your brand in our Official Tour Brochure
There will also be considerable exposure to your company and/or brand within Rugby League Media in northern England and increasingly in London and the South East, as interest in it takes hold – and also in Toronto in Ontario, Canada where our ground breaking Tour takes place- the benefits of sponsorship is not an exhaustive list and is open to discussion, dependent on interest
I hope this gives you an idea and feel for our club and it’s members and supporters, and also our aims and ambitions for the future of Masters Rugby League in London and the south east of England as it is a tough sell in this part of the world and we hope sponsorship of this great, fledgling club is of interest to you.
We hope you’ve a great festive season and would welcome further discussion – we’ve attached our Tour and Player Recruitment posters and also a brief film from highlighting Masters Rugby League, broadcast on BBC Breakfast Newsconcept for your perusal and we look forward to hearing from you further
South London Silverbacks Masters Rugby League Club