Wasps have today announced a new agreement with global sports brand Under Armour, the US based leader in performance apparel, footwear and accessories. The multi-year partnership sees Under Armour become the club's official Technical-Wear Partner.
Wasps become the first Aviva Premiership rugby club to secure a deal with Under Armour, one of the world's largest sports brands. Under Armour is also technical partner to the Welsh Rugby Union, Top 14 giants Clermont Auvergne and Barclays Premier League football club, Tottenham Hotspur FC. British tennis star Andy Murray and Masters winner Jordan Spieth have also signed multi-year deals with Under Armour.
The announcement, made ahead of the team's new kit launch in the summer, will see the club's official Technical-Wear Partner design and develop training wear and match day performance apparel for both the first team and academy squads, adding to the brand's rich heritage within Rugby Union. The partnership also includes commercial marketing rights and in-stadium signage.
Under Armour become the seventh new partner in the past year to sign with Wasps and will feature on Wasps' playing shirt alongside the club's two Fortune 500 companies, Land Rover and EMC, and FTSE listed DS Smith.
David Armstrong, Wasps Group CEO, commented:
"We are proud to welcome Under Armour to Wasps. To attract a brand of the size and calibre of Under Armour, alongside Land Rover, EMC and DS Smith, is testament to the successful commercial programme we are implementing at the club.
"This partnership is hugely significant for Wasps and reflects the progress made by the club in the last nine months, commercially as well as on the pitch, as we aim to build one of the most aspirational groups of partners in professional rugby."
Dai Young, Wasps Director of Rugby, said:
"As a squad, we are always striving to improve all areas of our performance, so to have a brand of the quality of Under Armour supporting us and providing apparel, which is designed and developed to make athletes better, is a huge boost.
"Under Armour are respected world-wide for their attention to detail, innovation and their commitment to work alongside athletes to ensure their elite performance line is at the cutting edge of their chosen sport, helping to improve performance."
Chris Bate, VP and Managing Director Europe at Under Armour, said:
"It is a privilege to be working with one of the most successful club rugby union teams in the world. Wasps' traditions and dedication to the game are a great fit for what we stand for at Under Armour."
The innovative new kit will be built with Under Armour's signature technologies, which enable peak performance in all weather conditions, including sweat-wicking HeatGear fabric to help keep players cool and dry and ArmourGrid technology for light, durable strength. These technologies are already integrated within the apparel of fellow Under Armour partners Welsh Rugby Union and Top 14 giants Clermont Auvergne, and worn on-pitch by world-class athletes including Leigh Halfpenny and Jamie Roberts.