London, 11 November 2021. The Boat Race Company Ltd. (BRCL) is pleased to announce a two-year partnership with clothing supplier Rival Kit.
The agreement will see Rival Kit supply training and Race day kit to the men’s and women’s crews at Oxford University Boat Club, Oxford University Women’s Boat Club and Cambridge University Boat Club, as well as staff kit for the Clubs and BRCL.
Rival Kit’s market-leading technical performance garments will help the high-performance athletes with preparation and performance at all key Races throughout the season, starting this weekend with The Fours Head, the Trial VIIIs in December, the club fixtures in February and March, and finally at the world-famous Boat Race, set to take place on Sunday 3 April 2022.
In addition, Rival Kit and The Boat Race Company Ltd. will collaborate on developing a line of retail products that will be available to the public for purchase on The Boat Race Company’s online store at www.theboatrace.org The online store will open for pre-orders before Christmas with delivery in the New Year.
The Edinburgh-based sports clothing company puts the needs of clubs and athletes at the heart of what they do, with their individual ordering process and fast-turn-around times Rival Kit are changing the game in custom sportswear.
The Boat Race Company Limited (BRCL) Chair, Tim Senior, said “We are delighted to welcome Rival Kit as our kit partner for the next two years and to work with an organisation whose roots began in rowing. Rival Kit know too well the importance of having comfortable and technically advanced rowing clothing which contributes to the best possible equipment for our high-performance athletes to train and compete with.’’
Rival Kit Founders, Ryan Morrison and Jenny Stevenson, said ‘’Our brand has grown through the support of the British rowing community so this partnership with The Boat Race means that little bit more to us. It is an exciting opportunity to showcase our kit and demonstrate the power of our revolutionary production technology."
Sunday 3 April 2022 will see the 76th Women’s and the 167th Men’s Boat Race return to its iconic Championship Course that stretches over 4.25 miles of tidal Thames in West London from Putney to Mortlake. The Women’s Boat Race will start at 14.23 and the Men’s Boat Race will begin at 15.23.
The world-famous sporting event between the UK’s two historic universities – Oxford and Cambridge spans 192 years of rivalry and the Race has become synonymous with British tradition and educational and sporting excellence. The Race is attended by over 250,000 spectators and watched on live on the BBC by millions more in the UK and globally every year.
About The Boat Race: The annual Oxford-Cambridge University Boat Race was first raced in 1829 and is one of the world’s oldest and most famous amateur sporting events, offering an unrivalled educational experience to the students who take part. 2022 will see the 167th Men's Boat Race and the 76th Women's Boat Race.
About The Boat Race Company (BRCL): The Boat Race Company Limited is a company limited by shares (no. 02544376) and is responsible for the delivery of the annual Boat Race between Cambridge University and Oxford University. We are committed to delivering a well-organised, safe race for the students and clubs, and are working to create an inclusive, engaging experience for the local community, supporters, and the wider Boat Race family. Our ambition is to help build a better shared future and inspire others with the transformative potential of sport, while working sustainably to secure the longevity of the event.