Melbourne-based business telecommunications specialists Alltel have today been unveiled as Official Partners of the Melbourne Rebels and the new naming rights partner of the Rugby Victoria Dewar Shield for at least the next two seasons.
The “Alltel Dewar Shield” enters its 112th year in 2020 with eight Clubs from metropolitan Melbourne participating. Alltel’s commitment to support the competition and also the Melbourne Rising NRC program, and the Melbourne Rebels through this new partnership is another small yet significant connection between community and professional Rugby in Victoria.
Alltel Chief Executive Officer, Lance Blackbeard, said:
“We’re really excited about the partnership and the synergies between Alltel and Melbourne Rebels. The decision has been forged by my personal passion and longstanding involvement across grassroots rugby; strengthening the linkage between commercial and community investment in developing sport from a grassroot level.”
“To also have Alltel's brand proudly represented on the Melbourne Rising team apparel is particularly symbolic of Alltel’s journey; Rising to the challenge in an ever-evolving industry and delivering enterprise grade communications technology. We look forward to a lasting relationship with the Rebel family, whose goals are truly aligned with ours.”
Rugby Victoria General Manager, Chris Evans, said:
“The Dewar Shield is one of Australia’s oldest community Rugby premierships. It has been the beating heart of Rugby in Melbourne for a very long time and with the support of Alltel and our other corporate partners we are excited to continue to advance our capacity to administer the best competition possible for all of the respective Clubs.”
“Rugby Victoria extends its sincere gratitude to Alltel for its faith and support and we look forward to continuing to grow the audience and coverage of the Alltel Dewar Shield in 2020 and beyond.”
Melbourne Rebels Chief Executive Officer, Baden Stephenson, said:
“Great Rugby supporters like Alltel are critical to our engagement with our community and we are thrilled to have Lance and his team behind us.Alltel have really impressed us with their expertise and they are certainly market leaders in their space. We are very appreciative to have them alongside us on our own journey to being leaders within Australian Rugby.”