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Penzance, 31st August 2022 – The Cornish Pirates has announced a new partnership with local bus operator Go Cornwall Bus, which sees the Devon and Cornwall-based company become an Official Partner for the 2022-23 season.
In addition to displaying the Go Cornwall Bus logo on match days at the Mennaye Field, the multi-faceted collaboration will also see Go Cornwall Bus support the Pirates’ highly regarded community programme while also sponsoring Pirates hooker, Morgan Nelson.
The Pirates in the Community programme visited some 76 primary schools in the county last season and saw the participation of close to 4,000 children in its schools activities.
As an Official Partner of the Community Programme, Go Cornwall Bus will support the Pirates to nurture developing rugby talent across Cornwall both on and off the field, working with players of all ages and abilities as well as coaches, teachers and club officials.
Born in Ross-on-Wye, 22-year-old Morgan Nelson is a former Wales under 18s international who, prior to his arrival at the Cornish Pirates, had been part of the BUCS Super Rugby team at Cardiff Metropolitan University, also playing in the Welsh Championship.
Commenting on the new partnership, Rebecca Thomas, Cornish Pirates CEO, said:
“We’re delighted to welcome Go Cornwall Bus to the Cornish Pirates family and thank them for their valued support of the team. As an organisation that understands the importance of connecting local communities it is wonderful to see the company come on board to support our community programme for the year ahead.
“We also thank them for extending their commitment to the Pirates through their support of Morgan Nelson who has settled in well and promises to be a valuable addition to the squad this season.”
Go Cornwall Bus was formed in 2015 and now runs around half of all bus journeys in Cornwall. Ongoing improvements have seen greener, cheaper and more comfortable journeys for passengers.
Speaking about the new partnership, Mark Collins, Head of Commercial and Marketing at Go Cornwall Bus said:
”The Cornish Pirates have a strong following in the county, which must amount to thousands of journeys to watch matches over the course of the season. We want to encourage more fans to think about cleaner ways of supporting the Pirates as well as support the work done through the Cornish Pirates’ community programme.
“We’re looking forward to working with Morgan and the rest of the Pirates, helping to encourage the next generation into the sport and coming up with more ways to protect the county’s unique environment.”
For more information on Go Cornwall Bus see https://www.gocornwallbus.co.uk/