Karma Group have been announced as the new sponsors of the Brighton College Senior Rugby team for the 2017/18 season. Headed by Chairman and Founder John Spence, an Old Brightonian himself, Karma Group is an award-winning international travel and lifestyle brand offering extraordinary experiences in the world’s most beautiful locations.
Karma Group is an active supporter of rugby and the Brighton College First XV and First VII will be in fine company as earlier this year Karma announced sponsorship of England Men’s Rugby Sevens for the 2017/18 international season and a three-year sponsorship of Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools 7’s, the world’s largest school rugby tournament.
The Brighton College First XV engaged in a closed filming event at the England Training Camp hosted by Eddie Jones at Pennyhill Park, representing the first time that the team have worn their Karma branded kit. Head coach Nick Buoy also accompanied First XV Captain Jay Parvin and England U18’s Sevens player and current First XV player Toby Smith to a photo shoot at Twickenham Stadium in Karma branded kit. A series of shots were taken, including in front of the Core Values statue: TEAMWORK, RESPECT, ENJOYMENT, DISCIPLINE, SPORTSMANSHIP.
Karma Group’s sponsorship will provide the teams with a plethora of additional training opportunities, including the professional recording of matches for analysis and subsidised tours throughout the year.
“It is a great pleasure to sponsor Brighton College senior rugby,” said John Spence, Chairman of Karma Group. “For several years Karma has been a proud supporter of England rugby; for example, hosting the England 7’s team training camp in Bali shortly before they went on to win the Hong Kong 7’s. Karma Group is excited to be a part of seeing the stars of tomorrow excel in the colours of Brighton College.”
BACKGROUND ON KARMA GROUP
Karma Group is an award-winning international travel and lifestyle brand offering extraordinary experiences in the world’s most beautiful locations and is headed by Chairman and Founder, John Spence, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010. In June 2013, John was invited to join leading entrepreneurs from around the world in Monaco to join the judging panel for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year. In July 2013, John was honoured by the Yale University School of Architecture by being appointed the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellow for the fall semester 2013/2014 and has also been awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at UCLA in 2015. The Karma Group is comprised of Karma Resorts, Karma Retreats, Karma Royal, Karma Estates, Karma Beach, Karma Spa and Karma Boutique. In August 2016, Karma group and Sanctum Hotel Group announced a joint venture to develop a series of authentic rock ‘n’ roll styled and orientated hotels in strategic locations around the world, accompanied by an exclusive private membership club.
BACKGROUND ON KARMA GROUP AND RUGBY
Karma has always had a deep commitment to helping to develop rugby at the grass-roots level and this is demonstrated through a number of initiatives and the involvement of their Brand Ambassadors, who also assist with Karma’s extensive work with the Bali Life Foundation, providing rugby coaching clinics. Karma enjoyed a long relationship with the Western Force Super Rugby Team as Official Resort Partners and formed a partnership with RugbyWA Juniors to support the growth and development of rugby union in Western Australia. Karma recently signed an agreement with RFU to become sponsor of the England Men’s Sevens Rugby team in 2017/18 throughout the HSBC Sevens World Series, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, including a training camp at Karma in Bali, and the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco. Karma also recently announced a three-year sponsorship of Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens, the world’s largest school rugby tournament, where they launched a fantastic competition for all Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens Tournament schools to win the chance to be coached by a former England Player or Coach in the run up to the 2017 tournament, plus a one week team training camp in a 5-star Karma Resort in Bali.
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