Cardiff Blues have raised their game even further by staking a claim to become a key player in the business world.
The Blues, who moved into their brand new £50m, 27,000-seater stadium home in Cardiff last summer, have become patron members of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce. The deal is being hailed by South Wales Chamber of Commerce Managing Director David Russ as a 'win/win' link for the rugby club and the chamber. Mr Russ said: "We were just as keen to have the Blues as patron members of the chamber as they were to join the Chamber. We will benefit equally from this exciting arrangement. "The facilities at Cardiff City Stadium are very impressive and will offer the chamber a host of opportunities in terms of networking, conferencing and business development which I see as being hugely beneficial to the entire membership of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce." The Blues, Champions of the EDF Energy Cup, aim to boost their presence in the business world through joining the chamber as significant patron members and the chamber will enhance their standing through linking with the hugely successful outfit. Mr Russ said another major benefit is the availability to the chamber of seats at the ground for games and the use of the sporting outfit's Premier lounge and Restaurant facilities which can hold over 2000 people. Cardiff Blues Chief Executive Robert Norster, welcoming their link with the Chamber said: "Cardiff Blues are at the forefront of regional rugby in Wales and amongst the elite professional teams in Europe. For so many across the Blues region and in the capital, the Blues are at the hub of their community, both their sporting and business lives. "With our dynamic brand identity Cardiff Blues have a strong corporate presence in an evermore competitive marketplace and aim to further our position as one of the dominant forces in European Rugby on and off the field of play. "This fantastic new partnership with the Chamber will provide a new platform for the team to communicate and interact with other members as well as further our position as a pillar in the business community. "Furthermore following our move to a new home during the summer 2009, Cardiff City Stadium, we now have a venue that boasts facilities that are truly second to none, and ideal for businesses and general consumers alike. "Match days at the stadium will provide fantastic networking opportunities for businesses throughout Wales and will prove to be the place to be for the business community. "Through the Chamber partnership the Blues can widen access for members, as well as for the Chamber themselves, to the commercial opportunities at the new stadium. A truly win/win situation for all parties."
Cardiff Blues travel to Myreside on Friday to take on Edinburgh Rugby in a crucial Guinness PRO12 clash, and with Wales facing Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, it promises to be a weekend of non-stop rugby action at the Scottish capital. Here are some useful advice to Cardiff Blues travelling supporters.
To celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Guinness PRO12 Pack Bar, the world famous Irish brewer will be offering supporters free pints of the black stuff ahead of Saturday's clash with Ulster.
'TACKLE' - the first-ever joint community rugby initiative between the four professional teams in Wales has been launched (today Weds 19th October) bringing an inspiring new rugby education programme to young people in Communities First areas. Partners in the project were joined by Wales' star rugby internationals Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets) and Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), for the launch at Aberdare Community School.
The Welsh Rugby Union, together with Pro Rugby Wales, has secured significantly improved insurance cover for all registered players, coaches and referees at each of its member clubs and regions at reduced costs -working with Aon, one of the world's largest insurance brokers and risk advisors.