Days after entering into partnership English Premier League (EPL) side Hull City the Local Betting Company Sportpesa has pulled a three-year deal with Southampton Football Club as its Official Partner ahead of the start of the 2016/17 campaign.
The deal will see Saints supporting the development of young football players in Kenya by sending Football Development & Support Staff to the African nation, with young Kenyan players visiting the club’s Staplewood Campus to experience the demands of football development at a Premier League club.
On his part Southampton FC’s Chief Executive Officer Gareth Rogers said “We are delighted to have teamed up with SportPesa in what is by far our biggest partnership in this sector in the club’s history, and one of our largest partnership deals to date”.
“This partnership will allow the club to continue to build its partner portfolio for commercial success on an international scale. Our reputation for player development continues to resonate around the world and we look forward to sharing our unique philosophy in Kenya and across Africa.”
Mr Ronald Karauri, SportPesa’s C.E.O added: “We are grounded to our core values that center around grassroots sport and community development. Our vision is for Kenya to participate in 2022 FIFA World Cup and this is a step”.
“We look forward to welcoming saints Football Development and Support staff to Kenya as well as the opportunity to send our young players to the Club’s Staplewood Campus to learn the demands of football development.”added Karauri.