British & Irish Lions Tour To New Zealand 2017 2nd Test, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand 1/7/2017 New Zealand All Blacks vs British & Irish Lions Lions' Owen Farrell speaks to the team after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The British and Irish Lions fire up new licensing programme with The Point. 1888

The British and Irish Lions have detailed an agreement with the brand licensing specialist, The Point.1888, to help the rugby team create a range of new products for the eagerly anticipated Tour to South Africa in 2021. Since the appointment, two partners have already been secured.

The Point.1888 – which has extensive experience working in sports licensing – will now work to devise a multifaceted programme to help meet the Lions’ commercial objectives in the build up to and during next year’s Tour.

Targeting whole families across the UK, product categories to be considered for the licensing programme include kids’ and adult apparel, fitness accessories, publishing, charity partnership ranges, fashion accessories, experiential, homeware, stationery, gifting and collectible items.

“We are very excited to be collaborating with one of the most iconic brands in sport,” said Will Stewart, managing director of The Point.1888. “The British & Irish Lions is a true grassroots brand, with generation upon generation of brand love and affiliation from 1888 onwards.

“We are looking forward to delivering a tremendous programme of products which appeals to all fans and brings supporters and families together to cheer on the Lions. Next year’s summer of sport is set to be the most meaningful and memorable ever, and we couldn’t be more overjoyed to be partnering with the Lions for this tour.”

As proof of The Point.1888’s determination to help the Lions, it has already secured two partners which align to the brand and the programme’s mission: OddBalls and Games on Glove.

OddBalls is a underwear supplier for men, women and children, which raises funds for Testicular Cancer, while Game on Glove is to produce a range of supporters’ merchandise for fans to get behind The Lions during the tour, with accessories, sports equipment and more.

Tom Halsey, commercial director at the British and Irish Lions, said: “We are looking forward to continued growth of the Lions brand through our new partnership with The Point.1888. We are confident that they will deliver top quality, innovative products ahead of what promises to be a very special tour in 2021.”

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Robert Hutchins is the editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent some six years with both ToyNews and Licensing.biz, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@bizmedia.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobHutchins3 if ranting is your thing...

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