Having begun attending the University of Leeds this week, I happened to go down to the sports fair for new students or "Freshers" being held at the University's gymnasium. At said fair there was a booth for Yorkshire Carnegie offering season tickets (13 games) to new University students for £10(!!) pounds only. Ten pounds. Being a massive Union nut I'd planned on attending a few Carnegie games at select points this year when my studies permitted but this deal was quite simply too good for me to miss and I will certainly be attending Headingley many more times in the coming months than initially I anticipated.
So my point is this; I am one of apparently over a hundred students who took Carnegie up on their offer today, could this be an idea Sale Sharks use in the future? Now playing in Salford which is most easily accessed via bus or train from Manchester City centre, where both the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan are situated, surely University students both new to the city and who have moved towards the city centre from areas like Cheshire and Lancashire are a demographic Sale Sharks could be targeting with an offer similar to Yorkshire Carnegie's especially if attendances do not improve as hoped this season.
Additionally Sale could also offer similar promotions at Universities such as Keele, UCLAN (in Preston) and Lancaster all of which are within a reasonable travelling distance of the AJ Bell stadium.
I am not suggesting Sale offer season tickets for as little as £10 especially as this could easily draw the ire of those fans having to shell out more for their respective tickets but such a tiny fee certainly caught my eye today and Sale's status as a Premiership team with hopefully more European Champions Rugby next season could prove a very big draw especially since Manchester's universities attract students from all across the country.
Finally I want to commend Yorkshire Carnegie on such a fantastic initiative. I will not be going to every Carnegie game this season, not by a long shot, but such a great deal will definitely mean they get more of my business not just this year but over my next three in the city as well.