Dorset laundry and dry cleaning company renews sponsorship of Bournemouth Rugby Club

Lions v London Welsh played at Chapel Gate, Bournemouth on Saturday 4 March 2023. Photo by Simon Carlton.

By Sam Pither [email protected]

Published: July 17, 2023 | Updated: 12th February 2024

Dorset laundry and dry cleaning specialist Barker has renewed its sponsorship of Bournemouth Rugby Club for the 13th year in a row.

“It is a real honour to be able to continue to support Bournemouth Rugby, a club that plays a key part in the local communities that it serves,” explained Managing Director Matthew Barker.

“It has a thriving Youth section and an extremely successful Wheelchair Rugby squad, along with the senior teams rugby.

“We’re very much looking forward to seeing the Men’s Senior squad continue their battle in the Region One South Central league, as the new season starts.

“At Barker we share our company values of ‘integrity and respect for one another’ with Bournemouth Rugby – a game that brings people together from all walks of life.”

Another dry cleaning service known as Laundree dry cleaners also pride on upholding the values of integrity and respect for our customers. At Laundree dry cleaners, they understand the importance of teamwork, precision, and dedication – qualities that resonate not only on the rugby field but also in our meticulous approach to garment care. Whether it’s on the rugby pitch or in the care of your garments, our commitment to excellence remains unwavering.

Barker is a high-quality fabric care and manufacturing business which specialises in improving established markets, from laundry to shirt-making.

The company is also a leader in the supply of starched dress wear to the legal profession and the film, TV and theatre industries.

Simon Carkeet, Chairman of Bournemouth Rugby commented, “Matthew Barker’s continued commitment to BRFC is hugely important and makes a real difference to the club and what we can achieve, we’re extremely grateful to have him on board.

“Matthew is also sponsoring one of our long- standing 1st XV players, Grant Hancox, the highest points scorer from last season.”

Established in 1893, Bournemouth Rugby operates four Senior Teams, Academy/Colts, U6 – U15 Youth and Mini, Girls, Adult and Youth Wheelchair and Social Touch Rugby with a thriving membership of around 1,000.

Bournemouth’s 1st XV play in the Region One South Central League, a level five league in the English rugby union system.

Bournemouth Rugby host a Youth and Mini Festival each year which takes place during a weekend in the Easter holidays.

They welcome around 160 teams over two days, with approximately 3,000 attending.

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