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BMW is a proud partner of the Rugby Football Union, supporting the BMW performance team. A cutting-edge partnership, with an aim to develop 30 extremely talented young players into future England Rugby stars.

Stratstone BMW Harrogate is playing its own important role, by sponsoring two local clubs: Harrogate Rugby Club and Otley Rugby Club.

Of course, it wasn't long before these two clubs went head-to-head in a local derby, and on September 5th Otley faced Harrogate at their all-new facility. It seemed only fair that as proud partners of both teams that Stratstone remained partisan, by coming down to show their support for both teams during this hotly-contested match!

The clash saw over 1000 supporters pick their sides. Regular rugby-goes were joined by those new to the sport, keen to explore the Harrogate Rugby ground, which had been privy to its official opening ceremony just the day before. It was great to see the pitch, which had received a blessing just a day ago from Rev. John Smith, host its inaugural rugby match.

A fantastic family day out, the occasion was celebrated with a performance from the Harrogate Harmony Barbershop Chorus and a traditional hog roast. Of course, the team from Stratstone Harrogate BMW were there too, with an array of new BMW vehicles including a pair of new BMW 65 Plate additions.

These included the award winning BMW 118d hatchback and the BMW 520d Saloon- meaning visitors once again had to pick a side!

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