AS Monaco enlist help from 6686 Sport to grow in Asian market

AS Monaco & 6686 Sport

AS Monaco have announced a deal with leading sports and entertainment brand, 6686 Sport, which becomes the Club’s official regional partner in Asia for the next three seasons.

6686 Sport is an online betting and entertainment provider based in Asia that began recently in 2011. It is very quickly rising in popularity and the company has garnered trust and appreciation from fans through their user-friendly technology and premium services.

Before the 2023/24 season kicked off, 6686 Sport also inked sponsorship agreement deals with VFL Wolfsburg and Wolves, along with their existing three-year deal with Lazio before they agreed to collaborate with AS Monaco, showcasing their strategy of trying to make an impact in the world’s game.

In the partnership, 6686 Sport get the benefit of their logo being visible on Monaco’s LED panels in home game broadcasts in Asia, giving the brand exclusive exposure on the Asian market, aligning with the brand extensive plans for growth and innovation.

AS Monaco themselves have a long-term goal of growing a large fanbase in the Asian continent, particularly in China where  it has over three million followers on its Sina Weibo and Douyin accounts – making the Club the second most followed Ligue 1 Uber Eats team on Chinese social networks behind PSG. The club created a Japanese account in late 2022 with a plan to hit that market with the same power.

Danny Chen, Brand Manager of 6686 Sport discussed what they were going to implement with this deal.

“We are delighted to announce our thrilling partnership between 6686 Sport and AS Monaco. The collaboration between two organizations aims to combining industry expertise, innovation, and a love for the game.” he said in a press release posted by AS Monaco.

“As both organisations share the objectives of expanding through innovation and digital development, the partnership is expected to deliver an unparalleled betting experience that exceeds expectations. With the safe, reliable, and diversified services of the 6686 Sport Platform, we aim to bring the utmost sports and entertainment experiences to the fans.

AS Monaco CEO Ben Lambrecht shared his excitement with this innovative collaboration, adding via media release:

“We are very pleased to start this collaboration with 6686 Sport, a company with which we share the ambition to be innovative and pioneers in the digital and new technologies field. This new regional partnership confirms AS Monaco’s international appeal, particularly in Asia. It will also enable us to strengthen our presence on this continent and bring us closer to Asian football fans.”

The partnership makes a lot of sense with both entities sharing the same long-term goal in pushing each other’s growth in the Asian region and to connect with the continent’s football fans.

The 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund to cater for participation boom

2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund

The Victorian Government’s 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund is a state-wide investment, open until December 13, 2023.

This fund was created to adapt to the increasing need for infrastructure that is required for regular active sport and recreation.

Utilising three streams, sports clubs, facility managers and community organisations will all benefit from the following grants:

  • Community Facilities – up to $300,000
  • Community Sports Lighting – up to $250,000
  • Planning – up to $40,000

Led by Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence, the creation of infrastructure will be made possible by planners, architects, engineers, project managers,
builders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, facility managers and operational staff as part on the construction process. In turn, this has a direct link back to the local economy and offers hundreds of jobs.

For sporting & recreation clubs, sporting associations & leagues, educational institutions, not-for-profit community organisations, businesses and individuals looking to apply for the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, an important note is that they cannot do so directly. Instead, they will coordinate this with Local Government Authorities and the Alpine Resorts Victoria who will apply on their behalf.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday December 13 2023 – with successful candidates of the 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund announced from April 2024.

For full information and resources, you can view those here.

Football Queensland remain with Kappa for five more seasons until 2028

Football Queensland & Kappa partnership extension

Football Queensland have announced a five-year partnership extension with iconic international sports brand Kappa as its official apparel partner from 2024.

This relationship between the two parties has been very strong since they first partnered all the way back in 2017 and reinforces the support for football in Queensland that the brand has had.

Kappa has provided quality garments for some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Manchester City, Juventus, AC Milan and the Italian National team.

It’s a brand that was established in 1916 in Turin and eventually in 1978 they rebranded themselves to branch out as a sportwear brand where they focused purely on football-related products and designs.

For Football Queensland, they currently produce and provide quality on and off-field apparel for all Queensland State Representative teams including the state’s futsal representative squads. Kappa also provide on-field apparel for the game’s referees on the FQ website.

They also helped sponsor and start up the Kappa Women’s Super Cup and Kappa Pro Series tournaments that debuted in late 2021 and 2022 respectively for clubs to participate in across the state.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci was extremely pleased to announce this partnership extension following Kappa’s amazing support.

“Football Queensland is incredibly excited to announce Kappa as our official apparel partner for the next five years following a competitive tender process which saw us receive 20 expressions of interest and 15 submissions of an extremely high quality,” Cavallucci said via Football Queensland press release.

“In their seven years as a Football Queensland partner, Kappa has provided fantastic support to Football Queensland, our clubs and the wider football community thanks to their quality of apparel, ability to deliver on their promises and the team’s unwavering commitment to customer service.

“We’ve built a wonderful working relationship with the team at Kappa thanks to their willingness to go above and beyond to deliver outcomes for our organisation and our game, and we’re delighted to continue working in partnership with them from next year.”

Kappa Australia Director Ze’ev Bogaty shared the same sentiment for the great relationship the two parties have created.

“Kappa is a strong supporter of football in Queensland and has been proud to invest in the game since the partnership with Football Queensland began in 2017,” Bogaty mentioned in the FQ press release.

“Some highlights of the partnership have included the development of the teal shirt for first year referees, witnessing Queensland state sides dominate on the national stage in Kappa kit, and the launch of the Kappa Women’s Super Cup and Kappa Pro Series tournaments.

“As we embark on another five years as the state’s official apparel partner and continue our close working relationship with Football Queensland, we look forward to contributing even more to the growth and success of football across the state.”

There is a shared goal of improving the grassroots game in Queensland from both parties and the track record of Kappa’s immense investment over the past seven years has shown that this extension will do wonders for Queensland football.

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