Malta Rugby allies with Mediterranean Bank

The Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU) has signed a two-year US$35,000 sponsorship deal with Mediterranean Bank.

The Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU) has signed a two-year US$35,000 sponsorship deal with Mediterranean Bank.

A delighted Martin Galea, president of the MRFU, told a news conference that the agreement will go a long way towards bolstering the local governing body of rugby’s efforts to improve the level of the domestic game.

“We are delighted that Mediterranean Bank has decided to team up with the Malta Rugby Football Union,” Galea said. “Sponsorship agreements are vital to continue our work towards the development of the game of rugby in Malta. It’s no secret that these injections of funds enable us to invest money and resources in various areas of the game.”

As part of the deal, the MRFU will receive US$35,000 (€25,000) from the Mediterranean Bank over the course of a two-year period. Additionally, the MRFU’s knock-out cup competition will be renamed the Mediterranean Bank Cup.

Galea continued: “Besides, there are other areas that will benefit from this sponsorship, part of the sum will go towards youth rugby. There will also be substantial investment in the men’s sevens national team. Last season, due to lack of funds, the sevens team could not participate in the European Championships which were held in Ukraine. Next year, we are planning to compete in the two FIRA tournaments for sevens. The team, which comprises players from the MRFU league, needs international exposure to progress and this sponsorship guarantees our participation in future tournaments.”

Charles Cini, head of corporate banking at Mediterranean Bank, elaborated on the banks decision to partner with the MRFU: “After establishing ourselves in the Maltese banking market, we felt the time was right to enter into sponsorship agreements in various fields. We started off by supporting Heritage Malta and the Manoel Theatre and we later felt that we should also contribute to sport. The choice of the MRFU was natural as no other Maltese bank had been present in this sport. We hope this agreement will help the MRFU maintain the success achieved in the last few years.”