A desire to support strong women and champion female participation in sport has led Orkney based jewellery designer Alison Moore to sign a sponsorship deal with the islands’ ladies rugby team.
The jeweller is providing brand new team shirts for the squad, with the kit getting its first competitive outing this weekend in a game against Orkney’s Northern Isles rivals, Shetland.
Designed by local artist and club vice convener, Elaine Stewart, the shirts – made by rugby kit specialists, Akuma – depict a Viking dragon in the Orkney team colours of black and red. They will also carry the Alison Moore Design logo as part of the deal.
Rugby fan Moore said she was delighted to lend her support to the team.
“It’s probably quite unusual for a jeweller to sponsor a rugby team, but the squad are such fantastic role models for women in sport,” she said. “They’re incredibly dedicated and passionate about what they do and I’m proud to be playing a small part in their efforts to progress nationally. The new kit looks fantastic and I can’t wait to see the team in action this season.”
Elaine Stewart said the arrival of the new shirts had already given a massive boost to the team, ahead of its match with Shetland.
“In designing the shirts, we wanted to come up with something that was different from the traditional rugby kit patterns,” she explained. “We were also keen to reflect Orkney’s history and have an iconic emblem that would fire up the team. The Viking dragon is distinctive and is certainly going to make us stand out on the field. Everyone’s delighted with the kit and really pumped up for the first game.”
She added: “We’re extremely grateful to Alison Moore for sponsoring the shirts – and indeed Orkney Dental, who have provided our shorts. We all love jewellery and Alison is a real fan of the game too, so when she offered to get involved as a sponsor, it really was no-brainer for us!”
The image above shows members of the Orkney women’s rugby squad in their new kit. From left Yvonne Barnett, Hannah Cursiter and Jo Inkster. Pictured at the front is Elaine Stewart.