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NY7s Welcomes Samurai Sportswear to the 2016 Tournament

All games will feature custom Samurai rugby balls; referees and tournament staff will wear premium Samurai Sportswear; winning teams of the premier divisions will each receive a set of Samurai jerseys.

The New York Rugby Sevens Tournament (NY7s) announced today that the internationally renowned teamwear company, Samurai Sportswear, will be a sponsor for this year’s tournament to be held on Saturday, November 26, on Randall’s Island in New York City.

Randall’s Island is located under the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (formerly the TriBoro) which connects the three boroughs of Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx, in the heart of New York City and boasts approximately half of all the athletic fields in Manhattan.

From its humble beginnings NY7s has developed into a truly global event with 12 divisions consisting of women’s and men’s premier, club, collegiate, and social squads as well as premier and club divisions for high school girls and high school boys.  The tournament welcomed 135 teams in 2015 and is on track to meet and exceed that milestone in 2016. Organisers estimate that the event will have over 2200 participants on 14 fields, one of which will be dedicated to co-ed Rookie Rugby sessions for youth under 14’s.

2016 marks the return of a Samurai team to NY7s as the Samurai Barracudas invitational rugby sevens team will also be amongst the participating teams from around the world, making the Samurai name one of the most recognisable at the event. “We are delighted to be a sponsor of the NY7s, an event held in iconic New York City and we are very excited to see the Samurai brand featured in such an amazing location,” stated Colan Leung, Head of International Sales at Samurai Sportswear. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Samurai Sportswear to progress even further into the US market and provide significant value to our business, whilst providing staff and players at the tournament with our premium kit.”

Rosalie MacGowan, NYRC Club President & member of the NY7s Executive Committee, notes “We’re thrilled to have Samurai Sportswear in our NY7s sponsor family and are equally thrilled to welcome the Samurai Rugby 7s team back to the Men’s Premier Division; we look forward to a successful event!”

Marta Tartar, NY7s 2016 Tournament Director, concurred, adding, “NY7s is very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Samurai Sportswear this year and know that it will help elevate the level of the game and the tournament as a whole. As we continue to establish ourselves in the line of top rugby tournaments around the US, brands like Samurai Sportswear will help put us at the top and enhance the experience for all players and participants.”

Kent County Cricket

Kent County Cricket Club Extend their Partnership with Samurai Sportswear

Kent County Cricket Club have extended their partnership with Samurai Sportswear as the club’s official kit supplier.

Since joining forces in 2009, Samurai Sportswear has produced popular and innovative custom designs using the latest performance fabric technology. Kent’s 2015-16 NatWest T20 Blast shirt achieved record sales thanks to the sublimated Spitfire designs, in honour of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

As part of the partnership, the Kent Cricket Shop at The Spitfire Ground will be relaunched in time for the 2017 season, stocking the latest Samurai Sportswear range.

Mike Atkin, Head of UK Sales at Samurai Sportswear said: “We are delighted to maintain our strong partnership with Kent County Cricket Club. They are an ambitious club with a great history and we look forward to helping the Club achieve its ambitions. We will continue to deliver our premium match and replica kit and training wear to the Kent players, coaches, staff and supporters. We look forward to continually exceeding their expectations throughout our partnership.”

Kent Cricket retail manager Barrie Dyer said: “We received several offers from suppliers which shows the growing reputation of the club but Samurai was the outstanding choice. They appreciate the traditions of the club but keep up with the latest designs. The players, staff and supporters need clothing that is durable and comfortable for the challenges of a cricket season and I’m sure everyone will be proud to wear the new range.”

Kent captain Sam Northeast and coach Matt Walker visited the Samurai Sportswear HQ to review garment styles and fabric choices for Kent’s 2017 kit.

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Samurai & Suffolk Saxons Join Forces Ready For Battle

We are delighted to welcome Suffolk Saxons badminton squad to the #SamuraiFamily.
The newly formed team are the first to bring professional badminton to the county of Suffolk. The Saxons, who will compete in the AJ Bell National Badminton League, are supported by Abbycroft Leisure and several other sporting affiliations around Suffolk.

The season begins for the team on the 17th October away to Birmingham Lions, with their home campaign at the Ipswich Corn Exchange beginning on 7th November. It has been announced that Olympian Anthony Clarke will coach the squad, whilst Commonwealth Games silver medallists Andy Ellis and Sarah Walker have also joined the line-up.
Suffolk Saxons already hold a great passion and enthusiasm for their team, values that are held by everyone at Samurai, making the team and the internationally renowned teamwear company perfect partners.

Mike Atkin, Samurai’s Head of UK Sales expressed that “We are delighted to have struck up a partnership with Suffolk Saxons Badminton, this is a fantastic opportunity for us to be affiliated with a team which is guaranteed to have great success and become key players in the world of badminton. Samurai look forward to providing the Saxons with quality kit and leisurewear to help them perform at their best and we look forward to seeing them in action soon”.

Warren Smyth, Franchise Director, spoke about the partnership and commented “We are really happy to be joining the Samurai Family and our players will wear their quality sports wear with pride. We will be revealing our colourful design at our first home game on 7th November”

Watch the Suffolk Saxons Launch Here

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Welcoming Bradford and Bingley RFC to the #SamuraiFamily

Samurai Sportswear are extremely pleased to welcome Bradford and Bingley RFC to the #SamuraiFamily. The club, known as ‘The Bees’, have recently been promoted to the North 1 East division, after winning the Yorkshire 1 last season.
Alongside their extensive knowledge of premium quality teamwear, Samurai Sportswear will also be supplying the Bradford and Bingley RFC first team with the OMG Iconix™ rugby match shirts. This shirt has been specifically developed with Samurai’s elite rugby clubs to allow players at all levels to perform to the best of their ability. The whole club will also be able to benefit from Samurai’s bespoke leisurewear range, making sure that everyone involved looks and feels their best in Samurai’s top quality fits and fabrics.
Samurai’s head of UK sales Mike Atkin stated, “We are delighted to be able to meet the tight deadline for Bradford and Bingley RFC, ensuring that they are match ready for the season. Samurai Sportswear look forward to continuing to develop this partnership with The Bees and we cannot wait to see their new rugby kit in action”.

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Scotland Partnerships Key to Samurai Sportswear Growth Plans

For Norfolk based rugby kit supplier building partnerships with its customers has been the key to its significant growth at all levels of rugby across the UK and around the world.

This is particularly evident for its longest serving customer in Scotland, Merchiston Castle School who have extended their relationship with Samurai by further extending their kit supply contract building on a relationship that goes back nearly fifteen years.

Renowned for its prowess in producing rugby talent, Merchiston staff and pupils wear a wide range of Samurai garments from leisurewear and PE kits through to the playing kits that the School’s successful representative teams wear, all designed and manufactured exclusively for the School in their exact colours.

Speaking of the partnership Richard Charman, Deputy Head Co-curricular, said “We have a long standing relationship with Samurai that is built on trust and understanding. I have worked closely with the staff throughout the organisation, including the Account Manager, the sales staff and the design and production teams. They have all been understanding of the needs of the pupils, parents and of course the School.”

“I understand the process which Samurai follow from design, through production to delivery and the trust in this process is a rare commodity to find in a competitive market. Having their own factory allows Samurai to control this process from start to finish and it promises delivery, which is crucial to the pupils and staff at Merchiston.”

Every product in Samurai’s range is tested by independent laboratories before it goes into production and each order is quality checked by its own staff before it leaves the Samurai factory, meaning the garments bought by the school and parents are built to last.

Being a custom teamwear manufacturer also means that garments can be created for scratch to meet specific requirements, including a fully waterproof padded jacket with fleece lined collar that was specifically designed in conjunction with the School to combat the Scottish climate.

Mike Atkin, Head of UK Sales for Samurai was thrilled to see the contract extended, saying “Merchiston is a prime example of the relationships we build, they understand that we won’t promise what we can’t deliver. With the quality of our match kits and off-field garments it means the clubs and schools we work with can trust us to deliver exactly what they want, exactly when they expect it.

“We know how important the kits we produce are to our customers, and designing and manufacturing kit that those involved in the team or club can be proud of is hugely important. We are proud that so many of our customers stay with us and it’s a testament to all of the hard work that goes in to building successful partnerships”.