Chelsea Women select Škoda as Official Car Partner

Chelsea Women and Škoda

Chelsea Women announced a partnership with Škoda UK which sees the two multi-trophy winning brands come together for the first time until the end of the 2024/25 season.

This collaboration will see Škoda branding at both Stamford Bridge and Kingsmeadow grounds whenever Chelsea Women play, while an additional programme of digital activities will have exclusive content appearing across Chelsea Women’s and Škoda UK’s social media channels.

Players and staff will also have access to Škoda’s all-electric Enyaqs at the training ground in Cobham. This includes Academy players and staff who likely need it more than most.

The partnership comes right in the middle of a massive Women’s Super League (WSL) campaign for Chelsea who are fighting for their fifth consecutive league title.

Skoda have active and previous partnerships in the men’s football space, particularly in Spain where they previously had a partnership with La Liga as well as currently sponsoring RCD Espanyol and Valencia CF.

However, this is Skoda’s first venture into women’s football, and it reinforces their messaging and commitment to helping build up women’s sport. The brand has championed professional female cycling for many years through its partnership with major cycling races such as the Tour de France Femmes.

Zarah Al-Kudcy, Chelsea Women’s Commercial Director, expressed her delight at signing with a company that shares similar values.

“Škoda have shown a passion for and knowledge of our women’s team since we first met them. They perfectly align to the values of our team, and I look forward to seeing the partnership come to life as we both continue to push the boundaries of our brands,” Al-Kudcy said in a Chelsea statement.

Kirsten Stagg, head of marketing at Škoda UK, mentioned the company’s desire to enter the women’s football space.

“Škoda are proud to partner with Chelsea Women, an organisation of true pioneers,” Stagg explained in a statement.

“From trailblazing coaches and exceptional players, to the charitable work of the Chelsea Foundation and the exciting attacking game which keeps fans on the edge of their seats, this is a club that embraces possibilities and pushes boundaries.

“At Škoda, we share this philosophy as we aim to be a bold companion to our drivers that gives them the confidence and inspiration to go a little further.

“Like the rest of the nation, I have been personally inspired by the development of women’s football over the past couple of years and I’m excited that Škoda will be able to play its part in further growing the platform with Chelsea Women and encouraging more people to explore what’s possible with their lives.”

The partnership has kicked off at Cobham and it shows an exciting future for Skoda with this investment and commitment to women’s sport. For Chelsea Women, it’s a great opportunity to expand their corporate portfolio and keep growing to become a women’s football powerhouse.

Melbourne Knights confirm innovative alliance with ProTrainUp

Melbourne Knights Football Club has confirmed a new partnership with leading football management software company, ProTrainUp.

This collaboration is set to enhance communication and streamline operations with the Club, marking a significant step forward in the commitment to excellence and growth.

Founded in 2013, ProTrainUp is a club management system fuelled by data driven technology, created by and for the football community. ProTrainUp combines quantitative and qualitative data to enhance club operations for both staff and participants, enabling the Club to:

  1. Enhance communication between club staff and players with built-in public and private messaging services.
  2. Simplify the organization and delivery of training sessions using plans and sessions provided by top international federations and clubs, available only through ProTrainUp.
  3. Maintain an up-to-date calendar of training sessions and matches.
  4. Gather data and statistics on players to create detailed reports on individual player development and overall team progress.

ProTrainUp is a system used by clubs around the world including European clubs such as Dinamo Zagreb FC and FC Porto, highlighting its importance in modern football.

The main objective of this partnership is to enhance communication among club staff, players, and parents.

ProTrainUp’s advanced software will deliver a centralised platform for efficient and effective communication, guaranteeing that all members of the Melbourne Knights community stay well-informed and engaged.

The system is accessible both online and through the app, allowing players and parents to enable push notifications so they never miss important Club updates.

The partnership will play a huge role in upskilling the juniors program in 2025, a huge focus that President Simon Pincic spoke about in length in his exclusive interview with Soccerscene.

The Knights will leverage ProTrainUp’s comprehensive tools for training management, performance tracking, and development planning to ‘provide the juniors with the best possible environment to grow and succeed’ as per their statement.

This will help more than just the junior players however with ProTrainUp, the coaches will benefit from this technology with seamless tracking of player progress, and enhanced training experiences, all contributing to the overall development of the junior players.

The club spoke about the future of their management through this advanced technology system.

“We look forward to a successful partnership and are excited about the positive impact it will have on our Club and community. Together with ProTrainUp, we are committed to building a stronger, more connected, and highly effective football club,” Knights said in a club statement.

This is an excellent and innovative partnership by the Knights that sees them advance forward in the development of technology.

The Knights have been vocal about the importance of junior development and have historically been one of Australia’s most successful clubs at creating stars from their system, with ProTrainUp only advancing that cause.

Football NSW to gain more traction through established sponsor

Football NSW have confirmed a collaboration with the technology advertising platform Nine Ad Manager, as a new primary sponsor for 2024.

Nine Ad Manager falls under the Nine network umbrella, acting as an versatile platform in which Australian businesses are able to utilise in generating traction amongst a specific target audience.

Advertising can be reached through audiences across each of the Nine Networks main television channels including 9Now and the 9 on-demand streaming television service.

Television advertisement campaigns created and submitted to the Nine Ad Manager service, are strategically aired at times in which relates to the product featured within the advertisement.

Performance of the advertisements effectiveness can be analysed through the amount of traffic the business is providing the advertisement as it becomes accustomed too.

The manager platform can assist businesses regardless of stature and status, to access mainstream television advertising opportunity for the Nine Network.

Small and medium sized businesses have the capacity to advertise their respective businesses throughout peak television times for an affordable cost.

Having partnered with FNSW, the sole intention of the newly founded cooperation is to give back to the state community, recognising and showcasing the importance upon community football teams that participate across the state.

As disclosed upon the FNSW website, Head of Nine Ad Manager Todd Fisher discussed the importance of the newly founded partnership said via press release.

“This partnership allows us to support the vibrant sporting communities that are at the heart of local culture and community building. Nine Ad Manager’s core mission is to empower small businesses, enabling them to be seen, heard, and remembered in their local areas and achieve business growth. By partnering with Football NSW, we not only champion local football but also the small businesses and communities that surround them.”

Football NSW CEO John Tsatsimas added his excitement for the partnership via press release.

“Football NSW welcomes Nine Ad Manager to the family and we look forward to establishing a strong working relationship with them over the next 12 months.”

A fresh new look on the back of each of FNSWs State Team jerseys in 2024, with The Nine Ad Manager logo to feature prominently beneath the player’s number.

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