WA Community Rugby will have a new and fresh look in 2021 with Gilbert Rugby coming back on board to create a new ball design with Insurance Commission of Western Australia’s iconic ‘Belt Up’ messaging.
The new ball designs were a catalyst of RugbyWA’s new deal with Gilbert Rugby for the 2021 season with the supplier signing on to produce over 2700 balls for all club, participation and pathway programs.
Each club will again receive an allocation of new ‘Belt Up’ balls totalling to over 2500 balls giving to community rugby including Gilberts high-quality Barbarian balls which will be required for use in the Fortescue Premier Grade Competition.
The ball allocation initiative by RugbyWA is fundamental in growing the game in WA, through providing clubs with the equipment they need to run a full season with multiple teams at the junior and senior level.
The use of the ‘Belt Up’ messaging on balls is to provide awareness of safe driving on WA roads and drive home the message of wearing a seatbelt every time players and supporters jump in their car.
The funding ICWA provides allows RugbyWA to continually assist community clubs to grow and making sure players have the best equipment possible every time they run onto the field.
Overseeing the long-standing partnership for over 5 years CEO Bob Hunter was excited to see the ‘Belt Up’ messaging return to community rugby balls and is glad to see Gilbert return as RugbyWA’s and the Western Force’s primary supplier.
“It’s good to see Gilbert back on board here at RugbyWA, they produce an extremely high-quality product that is tailored for our sport at both a national and community level.” Hunter said.
“Not only does our big red ball look great out on the field, the Belt Up messaging is extremely important to promote staying safe on the road especially for our regional and colts level play.”
“I think the new design is great the iconic black and gold colours represent both the state and RugbyWA well and Gilbert have done a great job in giving the ball design the flair it needs to stand out as one of the best-looking rugby balls in the country.”
Clubs will be able to receive their allocation of balls at the Rugby in WA conference were all clubs will come together to discuss the upcoming season at Rugby HQ during early March 2021.
2021 RugbyWA Community Ball Designs