Stowmarket-based STC Teamwear wins joint Oxford and Cambridge university rugby kit contract

Oxford University rugby ceorge Messum wearing the new shirt supplied by STC Teamwear, together with

Oxford University rugby ceorge Messum wearing the new shirt supplied by STC Teamwear, together with it, with STC business development manager, John Traynor and managing director Jamie Warner. - Credit: Archant

Suffolk-based STC Teamwear has won a three-year contract to design and supply kit to both the Oxford and Cambridge university rugby teams.

The Stowmarket company, which is part of the Touchline Group, becomes the first sportswear firm to supply both Varsity teams with clothing for both on and off the pitch.

Jamie Warner, managing director, said: “To supply both of the Varsity teams is certainly a triumph for STC Teamwear.

“Having supplied many clubs, colleges and universities with sportwear and leisurewear across a huge range of sports, we were confident that we had the pedigree that the Varsity teams were looking for and we’re really pleased that we were chosen as the exclusive sportswear partner.”

This year’s Varsity matches, at Twickenham in December, will see the men of Oxford going for an unprecedented sixth consecutive win, although the Cambridge team this year may feature no less a figure than Wales and British & Irish Lions centre Jamie Roberts, who has been accepted to do a Masters degree in medical science at Queens’ College.

For the first time, this year’s ladies’ match will also take place at Twickenham, being played earlier the same day.

Ilyas Khan, chairman of the Varsity Match Company, which represents both university rugby clubs, said: “We are very pleased to have entered into the partnership with STC Teamwear who have a wonderfully competitive offering.

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“We welcome the fact that Jamie is a devoted rugby fan, having played and coached at a senior level, and acknowledge that his enthusiasm for his business as well as his attention to detail in terms of the needs of our players is paramount.

“We look forward to building on this partnership and to seeing both the men’s and the women’s teams entering Twickenham in the new STC Teamwear kit.”

Mr Warner added: “It’s a major frustration to many women’s sports teams that specifically-designed sportswear is not readily available.

“We’ve fought off some strong competition to supply all representative teams (20 in total), and are delighted that they’ll wear the STC brand of match play kit as well as pre- and post-match wear.

“We’re extremely proud to have designed the women’s teamwear, especially since it’s their first time playing the Varsity match at Twickenham, and we know that our women’s-fit designs helped us to win this fantastic contract.”