Manchester United have confirmed the extension of one of its commercial partnerships, and fortunately this one doesn’t involve Wayne Rooney trying to act.
The club has had a partnership with The Hong Kong Jockey Club since 2012 and it has been announced that will continue for at least another four years.
As a part of the new deal Manchester United’s renowned academy team will play at least one match per year in Hong Kong. The first game is expected to take place in the summer of 2017. In addition academy coaches will fly out to Hong Kong four times a year to oversee its youth programme.
Former Man Utd defender and Norwegian international Ronny Johnsen, as well as Group Managing Director Richard Arnold and Commercial Director Jamie Reigle joined The Hong Kong Jockey Club CEO Winfried Engelbrecht Bresges at an event yesterday, during which time the partnership announcement was made.
Manchester United’s Group Managing Director Richard Arnold said: “The success achieved during the course of this partnership has been incredible and it’s an honour for us to continue our great work together for another four years.
“At Manchester United we have an unrivalled record of producing young footballers through an outstanding Academy system, including the recent emergence of a new group of players in the finest traditions of the Club. Having this commitment to youth development in our DNA has no doubt helped our work with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, which shares so many of our values.”
Winfried Engelbrecht Bresges, CEO of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, commented: “Today as we take forward our partnership with Manchester United and the Hong Kong Football Association, our aim is to further maximise the potential of Hong Kong’s young people through football – to inspire them to exceed and excel in everything they do, and to encourage them to always put their best foot forward.”
Source: SBC News