HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations, has today reinforced its longstanding relationship with the Rugby Players’ Association by committing to a new three-year partnership. The new deal will see HSBC continue as the Official Banking Partner of the RPA as well as sponsoring the HSBC England Sevens Player of the Year Award at The RPA Computacenter Players’ Awards.
HSBC has committed long term investment in Rugby around the world, sponsoring the IRB Sevens World Series, the 2009 and 2013 British & Irish Lions Tours, the Hong Kong Sevens, the Australian Rugby Union and the Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens. HSBC’s continued commitment to the RPA includes the provision of a range of banking and financial services for RPA members, as well as engaging with the RPA Player Development Programme. The RPA will also assist HSBC in securing past and present players for commercial appearances to support the banks wider Rugby activation programme.
Andrea de Vincentiis, Head of Sponsorship Planning at HSBC, said: “The RPA is an important part of HSBC’s rugby investment which aims to help grow and develop the sport at all levels. 2014 represents another important year for HSBC and Rugby in the UK and around the world, with the continued growth of the Sevens World Series, most notably here in London, as well the new partnership with the Wallabies. We look forward to continuing to build our partnership with the RPA and helping players develop away from the pitch.