Muscat: For the second year running Muna Noor, Oman’s leading plastic pipe manufacturer, has agreed to be the platinum sponsor of the Muscat Rugby Football Club (MRFC), the reigning Gulf Conference Champions.
The sponsorship contract extension agreement was signed by Muna Noor’s Group General Manager Grant Phipps and Muscat Rugby Club Chairman Freddie Sayers in the presence of club’s Player Spokesman Saleh Al Busaidi.
As platinum sponsors, Muna Noor will once again adorn the Omani-influenced playing strips of the current Gulf champions.
Expressing his delight at the contract renewal agreement, Saleh Al Busaidi said: “We are very happy to have Muna Noor come on as Platinum Sponsors again this year as they are very supportive of what we are doing as a club and for sports in Oman in general.”
In his comments, Muna Noor’s Group General Manager Grant Phipps said: “Muna Noor is pleased to renew its sponsorship of one of the Sultanate’s oldest sporting clubs and we have high hopes for MRFC this season as they look to defend their Gulf Conference Champions title.
“We are proud of our investment in the sporting community in Oman and look forward to a successful season ahead. Encouraging a diversity of sports and outdoor activities among Omanis and the community as a whole is an important part of the company’s strategy for a sustainable future.”
As this season’s exclusive platinum sponsor, Muna Noor will be featured on players’ kits and branding signage at matches played throughout the GCC region, as well as at some of the annual international rugby events.
Muscat Rugby Football Club (MRFC) was formed in 1971 under the patronage of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and has been playing consistently against GCC teams since then.
Last season the senior team once again won the Gulf Conference Championships playing against teams from the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. MRFC also has a highly competitive veterans team that also saw success in GCC tournaments such as the Sharjah Tens, Bahrain Midnight Tens and Dubai Sevens.
Rounding off the club’s playing strength are the hugely successful Pirates, the junior programme that sees over 100 youth players between the ages of four and 18 learning, training and competing.
The Muna Noor sponsorship covers all the teams and programmes which fits in well with the company’s community involvement strategy. MRFC play from their home pitch in Bausher, behind Muscat Private Hospital. More details on the non-profit club can be found at www.muscatrugby.net