It’s the wait that makes it exciting – and even more so because this year it’s on our own turf. In a few short weeks we’ll be welcoming the Rugby World Cup to our shores – and we’ve been holding our breath in anticipation for what seems like years.
As a brand, rugby runs through our veins. We sold our first collection of rugby shirts from a show stand at an outdoor event in 1989, but our association with this wonderful game goes back a lot further…
Tom Joule’s Dad, Ian (along with the help of other Dads) actually founded the Market Harborough Mini Rugby Team in which Tom played a role. And today Henry, Tom’s son, is carrying on the tradition by regularly picking up points for this terrific little team. Today the set-up and competitiveness of the Mini Rugby Team is up there with the best.
We are also in our 10th year of sponsoring the Market Harborough Senior First Team and proud to see our brand represented all over the East Midlands in such a sporting way. Even if our logo has been known to disappear beneath a layer of mud five minutes after kick off.
And every now and then, Martin Johnson (you know, the chap who captained England to World Cup victory in 2003) can be seen in Market Harborough taking part in a veteran’s match with his old school pals, lining up alongside our very own Tom Joule.
Rugby and all that comes with it has always been dear to us – the camaraderie, the enjoyment and the teamwork – and especially what it means to us as a community. Market Harborough sits in between Northampton, home of the Saints and Leicester where the Tigers reside. On match day between these two sides the train station (and the office) can be an interesting place.