Lear Corporation sign new deal with Wasps Academy

Date: 28 Jun 2019

Wasps Academy are delighted to announce a new three-year partnership with Lear Corporation after a new deal was agreed ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Lear will continue as Wasps’ Main Academy Partner and will be the Academy’s front-of-shirt sponsor for a further three years.

Lear celebrated their renewal and a successful season for Wasps Academy with a second annual tag rugby match last month.

In the match at Wasps’ training ground at Broadstreet Rugby Club, Wasps Academy players and coaches took on the Lear Hornets, who are made up of Lear employees from the Coventry branch. 

The Wasps Academy team came away victorious for a second year running and the match and subsequent barbecue raised over £1,800 for local charity Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.

Wasps Academy Manager Jon Pendlebury said: “It’s fantastic that Lear have committed again for a further three years which we are very thankful for.

“Lear Corporation through Gideon Jewel and Christine French have been great supporters of the Academy for a number of years now, both off the pitch and on the pitch, always being a presence at Wasps home fixtures.

“We have had Senior Academy players regularly involved with activities with the Lear staff and also programmes and initiatives that they support, including Zoe’s Place, which our Community team also do lots of fundraising with.

“The end-of-season training and fixture is just a bit of a celebration of our partnership. It’s something unique that we are able to do in the Academy with the time of year it is when our lads are winding down and Lear staff gearing up!

“Christine told me this year they had several practice sessions, building on two last summer, but let’s just say, rugby was the winner!"

Lear Corporation’s Christine French said: “It was a great afternoon and we raised a fantastic amount.

“We’ve already seen some of the incredible work the Wasps Academy does on and off the pitch, bringing young players through the system, and we’re delighted to be extending our partnership for another three years.”

With more than 261 sites across 39 countries and with approximately 169,000 employees, Lear is consistently recognised as a global leader in automotive seating and e-systems. 

With their UK headquarters in Coventry, Lear has always sought to play a key role in supporting the local area through various community programmes over a number of years, which echo one of their company’s values. 

For more information about Lear Corporation visit their website 

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