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19 August 2020

Swinton Lions launch a Community Club Partnership Program with Devon Sharks.

Swinton Lions are proud to announce a formal community club partnership agreement with Devon Sharks ARLFC – members of the recently established Southern League Conference.

This follows hot on the heels of the announcement of similar arrangements that the Lions have with both Folly Lane ARLFC and Belfast Eagles ARLFC.

The Lions will be working closely with the Sharks on a number of community initiatives, helping to build the profile of rugby league in the south west as well as increase the reach of the Swinton Lions brand.

Stuart Fletcher, Director at Swinton Lions, explained, “The link between Swinton and Devon Sharks is longstanding and goes back to 2006 when the Lions supplied the Sharks with their initial kit.

“In recent weeks it’s been a privilege to attend Sharks’ training sessions in the beautiful surroundings of Bovey Tracey and to observe, first hand, the professionalism and commitment of the players and coaching staff in taking this progressive club forward. This season was to be the club’s inaugural one in the Southern Conference facing the likes of All Golds.”

“The Sharks set-up involves a thriving junior participation plus a feeder team, the Exeter Ravens, where the Sharks play their home games. The players, coaching staff and Director of Rugby at the Sharks are enthused and excited at the community club partnership with Swinton Lions, as we both share the family ethos as the fabric of our respective clubs. We also aim to provide the real opportunity of a structured player pathway into Swinton Lions and professional rugby league.”

“On behalf of Swinton Lions it was a delight to form this partnership with Devon Sharks and to help develop rugby league in the South West with such a forward thinking club.”



Phil Johnson, the Sharks’ Director of Rugby, added, “We at the Sharks are very proud to be partnered with Swinton Lions. Our ethos at the club is to be ‘family centric’, which is very much the same as at Swinton. We are proud therefore to welcome them as part of our family.

“We have always had the vision of a home-grown Devon Sharks player having the opportunity to reach their full potential and become a professional, and this partnership now greatly enhances that opportunity.

“Swinton will not only be providing an opportunity for our players, but also the club itself. They are helping us obtain grants and sponsorship, and to continue our growth towards becoming the elite Rugby League club in the South West. This also means that we can continue to do the work that we do within the community and with our schools.”


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