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Manchester United strike first sponsorship deal with Estée Lauder

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The Premier League unit, Manchester United have announced a partnership with an American multinational cosmetics company, Estée Lauder.

In a first-of-its-kind agreement, Estée Lauder will work with the newly appointed skipper Bruno Fernandes’ side to connect with and engage the brand’s large fan base in China and the Asia Pacific area.

Estée Lauder carries on its tradition of upending the beauty sector by reaching out to new groups of sports fans who seek the highest levels of performance in all facets of life with its high-performing products.

Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Alejandro Garnacho and Raphael Varane will all be part of the partnership’s debut season, which will begin in the summer of 2023. With a potential reach of more than 250 million in China solely the marketing effort will connect fans throughout social platforms by fusing the worlds of sports and beauty through innovative social storytelling about the advantages of recharging the skin.

Justin Boxford, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder, said, “The bold vision, creativity, and innovation of our trailblazing founder, Mrs. Estée Lauder, continues to inspire us to disrupt and push boundaries. We are excited to collaborate with the world’s most popular football team on this first-of-its-kind partnership, and to expand Estée Lauder’s reach to new audiences of male consumers in an unexpected and ground-breaking way.

“Estée Lauder and Manchester United are both globally recognized as best-in-class brands with incredible heritage with generations of loyal fans around the world, and a shared commitment to delivering peak performance – whether in our products or on the playing field.”

The cooperation will initially highlight Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, a game-changer for the skincare sector and one of the best-selling, most cherished products in company history. Tripeptide-32, a special ingredient found only in Advanced Night Repair, helps enhance the skin’s natural cycle of daytime protection and nighttime repair. Advanced Night Repair functions like seven serums in one. One dropper in the morning and evening reveals moisturised, revived, and awakened skin.

Manchester United, CEO of Alliances and Partnerships, Victoria Timpson, said, “Estée Lauder is a globally renowned and trusted brand, and we are excited to be partnering with them in China and Asia Pacific. As one of the most followed sports teams in the world, we understand the importance of educating fans on a healthy lifestyle, and skincare is an integral part of that process. In the same way our athletes prepare the night before a match with regular training rituals, healthy skin also requires a consistent and effective regimen.

“Advanced Night Repair serum provides skin with the overnight preparation needed for users to wake up looking refreshed and ready to take on the day. We look forward to working with Estée Lauder in sharing the power of its Advanced Night Repair serum and encouraging our fans to start their skincare journey with us.”

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Manchester United welcome plans to regenerate area around Old Trafford

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Manchester United have described plans to regenerate the Wharfside area around Old Trafford as “tremendously exciting”, with the club viewing this development as potentially having synergy with their own plans regarding the stadium.

 

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the incoming 25% owner, is intent on either building a new ground for United on the same land or revamping the current site. The plans to regenerate the wider area, a Trafford Council initiative, were backed by Collette Roche, United’s chief operating officer. “This vision for Trafford Wharfside is tremendously exciting and we are proud to be supporting Trafford Council with their ambitious plans for an area with such huge potential,” she said.

“We will continue to work closely with the council, and other local stakeholders, on how any future development work at Old Trafford can complement their vision and, most importantly, benefit the local community.”

 

The vision is for five districts, one of which would be the Stadium District, described in the council statement as the “Manchester United area”. Liz Patel, the council’s executive member for economy and regeneration, said: “The Trafford Wharfside master plan offers a regeneration vision for a hugely important area within Trafford. This area takes in the world-famous sporting institution that is Manchester United as well as other major sites including the Imperial War Museum and the Manchester Ship Canal.

 

“Working with our partners and private developers, we will be looking to create new homes, new neighbourhoods and help create a world-class setting for the Manchester United stadium.”

 

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Lagos set for maiden Red Bull rally

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Red Bull, in partnership with sportswear manufacturers Puma and Castrol has proudly announced that the first edition of the Red Bull ‘Danfo’ rally is scheduled to hold February 24, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

This high-octane event will transform the city’s iconic yellow ‘Danfo’ buses, the lifeblood of Lagos transportation, into roaring chariots in a thrilling obstacle race according to the organisers.

In a statement made available to our correspondent, the public is enjoined to witness the legendary ‘Danfo’ drivers, known for their skill and ingenuity as they navigate the course with their coolness under pressure.

The participating teams will be maneuvering these buses through challenging obstacles, showcasing their driving prowess and teamwork.

They will be involved in three rounds, with Lagos’ iconic Danfo buses driven by the city’s most daring drivers and favorite celebrities.

According to the organisers, whether you’re a die-hard fan of Danfo culture, a thrill-seeker, or simply looking for an unforgettable experience, this event promises excitement for everyone.

“Mark your calendars, grab your gear, and get ready to experience the ride of your life at the Red Bull Danfo Rally,” the statement read in part.

“Whether you’re behind the wheel or cheering from the sidelines, it’s going to be an unforgettable journey through the heart of Lagos because this is one event where you’ll want to hold on tight – it’s going to be a wild ride!”

 

 

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NWSL nets Google Pixel as official mobile phone partner

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The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and tech behemoth Google have signed a multi-year collaboration, with Google Pixel becoming the league’s official mobile phone partner.

As part of the agreement, Google Pixel has also been named the NWSL playoff and championship’s presenting sponsor.

The partnership also includes the Pitchside with Pixel initiative, which focuses on Google’s AI-powered camera technology. The program intends to provide fans with exclusive behind-the-scenes information, including clips from tunnels, sidelines, and press conferences, which will be aired live on NWSL and Google’s linear, digital, and social channels.

Furthermore, a competition for the US-based supporters of the professional women’s soccer league will be sponsored and run by Google. Fourteen winners will have the opportunity to participate in the Pitchside with Pixel initiative at a regular-season match.

The arrangement was negotiated by the marketing firm Allied Sports and NWSL’s commercial partnerships strategy team.

NWSL Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Julie Haddon, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Google, a global leader in groundbreaking innovation and connectivity, to the NWSL family as our postseason and LCC content sponsor. As we continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in sports, we are constantly exploring new and dynamic ways to connect fans with the NWSL and our remarkable athletes, especially around the league’s most iconic moments that may not be captured on broadcast or streaming platforms.

Kate Johnson, Director of global sports, media, and entertainment marketing partnerships at Google, said, “Google remains committed to increasing visibility, coverage, and engagement in women’s sports, and our partnership with the NWSL is a significant milestone in our ongoing journey.”

Last year, Google Pixel also collaborated with the Premier League (PL) giants, Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC (LFC). Moreover, FA and Women’s Bundesliga also developed commercial ties with Pixel in 2023.

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