Vinod Patel has struck a deal with Ba Rugby, securing the naming rights to the Ba Men’s 15s team for the next three years, making it the largest sponsorship agreement in the history of the Ba Union.
The partnership is a significant boost for the team as they gear up for their first Skipper Cup competition in over two decades, now rebranded as Vinod Patel Ba.
Vinod Patel CEO Rahul Amin spoke about the connection between the brand and Ba, “We are indeed proud to back another Team from our hometown that has the right disciplines, a pursuit for excellence, and a Vision for greatness,”
“Our late Chairman Vinodbhai, an avid sports enthusiast always spoke of sports as a catalyst for discipline and hard work, especially for youths who are the future of the nation,” said Amin.
Coach Vilimoni Delasau shared his excitement about the sponsorship, recalling his personal history with the brand.
“As a kid growing up in Ba in the 1970s and ‘80s, I used to visit the Vinod Patel shop. Ba Rugby and Vinod Patel have been with me all my life, so to receive this backing from such a respected organisation … it’s like all the planets are aligned,” Delasau stated.
With the financial support from Vinod Patel, Delasau is confident of addressing the players’ travel costs and enhancing their training equipment.
“This financial injection from Vinod Patel means that we will be able to help the players with their travel costs – which is a big barrier for those coming down from the highlands. We will also be able to kit the team out properly, and purchase much-needed training equipment,” he said.