Dacia continue to put Thunder in the driving seat

Motor retailer Lookers Dacia Newcastle is helping to create the next generation of professional rugby players after extending its sponsorship of Newcastle Thunder.

The retailer, which is the city’s main dealer for the Dacia brand, has renewed its partnership with the rugby league side and will continue to feature on their home and away shirts.

The partnership will also extend to this year’s Newcastle Dacia Cup, which the retailer first supported last year and which sees over 200 youngsters, from Under 8s through to Under 16s, play a series of festival and cup games.

The event, which takes place over the Easter Bank Holiday at Kingston Park Stadium, follows a recent half-term training camp for 6-16-year-olds at the stadium, which allowed youngsters to train with Newcastle Thunder Community coaches. Participants were also given a Newcastle Thunder coaching camp t-shirt as a memento of their day, and a match ticket for a Newcastle Thunder match in the 2018 season.

Lookers Dacia Newcastle will also be supporting The Dacia Magic Weekend once again this year, which is one of the North East’s biggest sporting events and will see 14 professional rugby league clubs compete at St. James Park between 19-20 May.

Supporting Newcastle Thunder and their grassroots initiatives forms a key part of Lookers’ community sponsorship programme. This includes sponsoring youth football team Newcastle Benfield Olympico, with nearby Lookers Renault providing their strips.

Newcastle Thunder general manager Jordan Robinson said: “The support given to us from Lookers Dacia is huge and speaks volumes for Newcastle Thunder’s progression over recent years. Lookers Dacia are committed to supporting sports at a community level and we are sure that going forward we can both help to provide a positive future for the club and the local community it serves.”

Rikki Ledger, Commercial Market Area Manager at Lookers Dacia Newcastle, said: “We are delighted to be extending our support for Newcastle Thunder. The club has grown to become of the North East’s sporting institutions, with community focussed values that chime with our own here at Lookers. Along with the many high profile events and competitions that the club are involved in, we are also excited to be supporting rugby league at such a grassroots level, with the hope that our involvement will help unearth the rugby greats of tomorrow.”