April, 15, 2018
Canterbury of New Zealand, the legendary sports clothing brand, has undertaken to power the Isipathana College rugby team by providing full kits, comprising of branded jerseys, shorts and socks to the team via ODEL Sports, the sportswear department of the iconic fashion and lifestyle retailer. ODEL is the exclusive authorised distributor for Canterbury in Sri Lanka.
The first school in Sri Lanka to obtain a triple championship in rugby, the Isipathana College Rugby team is one of 17 teams from rugby playing schools in the country and has an impressive record of notable achievements in the sport. In 1965, the school was affiliated to the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union's Schools Section and has since been at the forefront of schools rugby in the country.
Canterbury is exclusively retailed by ‘ODEL Sports’ in Sri Lanka. The Canterbury team wear range is inspired by the passion for rugby and the constant challenge to push sporting boundaries. The brand has been known world over for bringing technology and designs to schools and clubs such as the Canterbury Professional Union and league teams.
Commenting on the company’s decision to support Isipathana Rugby, a Spokesperson for ODEL said: “Isipathana is one of the biggest contributors of players to the national rugby team. We are confident that the support of a global brand such as Canterbury will inspire the players and the schools to continue to strive for excellence and further raise the bar in rugby at the schools and national level. As ODEL we are very pleased to associate with school rugby and nurture young sports talent together with a global sports heavyweight brand such as Canterbury.”
For over a century since its inception in 1904 the Canterbury brand has dedicated itself to making stylish, crafted products that are built to last, Canterbury studies the game forensically by talking to players about what they need. This relentless drive has delivered landmark technical innovations: the loop neck, the rubber button and the base layer. The insight about the game propels Canterbury in its product development across all its ranges from casual sportswear to training kits to the elite international rugby strip.
Currently Canterbury sponsors leading rugby teams including England, Ireland, Leinster, Leicester Tigers, NSW Waratahs, Queensland and NZ Warriors. ODEL Sports carries the full range of Canterbury products from jerseys to shorts, Tanks, accessories and boots.
Photo caption: Handing over of the official Canterbury - Isipathana rugby jersey. From left to right: Manager – P.D Ranga Perera, Coach – Lasintha De Costa, Captain – Manilka Ruberu , Vice-Captain – Tuan Nilamudeeen, Shanika Weragoda – Senior Divisional Merchandising Manager, ODEL PLC, M. I Mohideen – Manager Brands, ODEL PLC.