Not content with simply serving up some of the city’s finest pizza, Nell’s is delving into the world of football, announcing a new partnership with Manchester’s self-styled ‘friendly football team for huns’, Rain on Me FC.

Nell’s has become the official sponsor for the side’s 2023/24 away kit. Created by Harrison Park, Nell’s graphic designer, this collaboration celebrates the team’s unique energy and is designed to look as good on the pitch as it does while tucking into a 22” slice of New York Pizza.

Since their first session in the torrential rain of not-quite-lockdown October 2020, Rain on Me have grown to be one of the city’s most vibrant football teams. Playing in the Alternative Football League – a casual league, for women, non-binary, and transgender individuals in Manchester – they also run an annual GRASSROOTS x GOALS competition where 12 teams from the length and breadth of the UK come together to raise money for both charity and their community.

The kit will be officially launched at Nell’s Kampus on Thu 16 Nov from 7pm. As well as Rain on Me DJs and Nell’s signature New York-style pizza being served all night, the Rain on Me x Nell’s kit will be on sale, with all profits being split between charity partner, Coffee4Craig, and Rain on Me themselves.

Only 80 shirts and 80 pairs of shorts are available (sizes S to 3XL) – all sold first-come-first-served.

In addition to the kit, a specially designed selection of football-friendly Nell’s merch will be available with caps, ever-controversial half & half scarves (celebrating Nell’s two most beloved pizzas, Original Cheese & Do You ‘Roni Honey?), and pin badges will also be on sale before being available in individual Nell’s sites from the following Monday.

Matthew Durrant, Marketing Manager at Nell’s said: “We’re honoured to be able to support Rain on Me FC, a club that embodies all of the best of what a night at Nell’s should be – a party, where everyone is invited. Our sponsorship will help the team carry on what they’re doing, with our financial commitment allowing them to buy equipment, book pitches, and carry on the great work they’re doing: we couldn’t be happier to have our name on their shirt while they’re doing it”

Amy Linsdell of Rain on Me FC said: If someone had said to a group of soggy, slightly inebriated huns on a wet Sunday that 3 years later, we’d be shovelling Do You ‘Roni Honey slices wearing a bright pink Nell’s kit, enjoying frozen margs, we’d probably have laughed in said someone’s face. 

“But, low and behold, dreams do come true at ROM. So, when Nell’s reached out to us with the opportunity of a sponsorship, we unsubscribed to Domino’s weekly mailer and grabbed a slice of the action.”

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Thu 16 Nov
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Mon 13 Nov 2023