A successful ladies team at one of the North East’s best-known amateur rugby clubs has the law on its side thanks to a new shirt sponsorship deal.

Novocastrians Ladies 2nd XV is now playing in its first brand new kit thanks to the support of Hay & Kilner Law Firm.

The Heaton-based team, which draws its players from both across and outside Newcastle, won promotion to the Women’s NC North East 1 League last season, which sees them competing against teams from as far afield as Halifax, Derby and Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.

And after making a winning start in their new kit with a 26-10 away win against York RI WRFC, the team is currently sitting proudly in second place in the league table.

The sponsorship deal covers 22 shirts which are all emblazoned with the Hay & Kilner logo.

Rebecca Weir, who plays for the team and who is also a solicitor at Hay & Kilner, says: “Up to now, our team has only ever had hand-me-down shirts from other teams as they’ve received new ones, so it’s a real boost for team spirit for us to get our own brand new kit.

“Most of the club’s funding comes from player subscriptions and there’s never a shortage of things to pay for at a community club like ours, so the support we get from Hay & Kilner and our other sponsors makes a real difference to what we’re able to do.”

Elaine Magnani, head of business development and marketing at Hay & Kilner, adds: “It’s great for us to be able to support both one of our own team and an amateur sports club that has such a positive impact on the local community, and we hope the new shirts give the players a bit of extra momentum through the rest of the season.”

Established in 1946, Hay & Kilner is one of North East England’s leading independent law firms and provides a comprehensive legal service to clients both within and outside the region.