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Manchester United and TeamViewer partnership drives unique opportunities

A five-year agreement between Manchester United and TeamViewer brings one of the world’s most popular and successful sports teams with one of Europe’s fastest-growing software companies. 

The collaboration sees the two organisations join forces from the 2021/22 season, where TeamViewer has recently been unveiled as the new principal shirt partner for the Red Devils.

With TeamViewer presented on the front of Manchester United’s shirt, it will capitalise on the English Premier League club’s global audience to share TeamViewer’s qualities and features towards connecting the world virtually. It brings greater awareness of how they can be of use to any organisation seeking improved collaboration software. 

Manchester United boast 1.1 billion fans and followers around the world, who will now be introduced to new technology related to TeamViewer’s expertise at providing remote connectivity services.  

TeamViewer have all bases covered for getting supporters of Manchester United closer to the action, focusing on three key areas – fans, football and business. 

Fan: 

  • Virtual stadium experiences. 
  • Unique behind-the-scenes content. 
  • Augmented Reality (AR) at Old Trafford and at home. 
  • Enhanced museum experiences. 

Football: 

  • Enhanced training and performance through AR. 
  • Remote access to players for scheduling and training. 
  • Remote access and AR for medical examinations. 
  • Enabled scouts through remote access technology. 

Business: 

  • Enhanced accessibility and IT support for offices. 
  • Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for stadium controls to optimize safety and security. 
  • Upgraded sustainability at the stadium and all club locations through remote work and IoT solutions. 

Similarly to Manchester United, TeamViewer are a widely known platform who are based in Germany – they have been installed on over 2.5 billion devices, have nearly 600,000 subscribers, and operates in almost every country. TeamViewer matches Manchester United’s ambition for growth, where their technology addresses the barriers for people and businesses to achieve what they thought could not be possible. TeamViewer is the ideal fit in a football club setting, where they can collaborate with a global community and an array of culture. 

A new Thought Leadership series saw Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speak for the first time with TeamViewer CEO Oliver Steil to discuss the essence of what makes a great team, how Manchester United and TeamViewer will drive technological advancement, and how to foster a culture of diversity and inclusivity. The TeamViewer meeting highlights the values that both parties share, ensuring that Manchester United supporters will have more access to their club than ever before.

TeamViewer CEO Oliver Steil: 

“We are very excited to see our brand on the front of the most iconic shirt in global sports. The partnership with Manchester United is a key pillar to further shape TeamViewer’s perception as a global tech brand.”

“We will support the club in its digitalization efforts and show these use cases to all our users and customers worldwide. This will reinforce the breadth of our solutions portfolio and explain how we are creating a world that works better. We can’t wait for the new season to begin and to see the team in action in their new shirt at the legendary Theatre of Dreams.” 

Group Managing Director and Director of Manchester United, Richard Arnold: 

“The launch of our new home kit is an exciting moment before the start of every season and especially so this year as we welcome TeamViewer as our new principal shirt partner.”

“While the shirt will be the most visible symbol of our partnership, we are looking forward to using TeamViewer’s technology to drive digitalization of the club and open new ways for us to connect with our fans. This will bring huge benefits to both of our organisations and, most importantly, to our fans around the world.” 

Liam Watson is a Senior Journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on international football policy, industry matters and industry 4.0

Hosken Reserve Master Plan released for final feedback

Moreland City Council has released an initial Hosken Reserve Master Plan to the community, in preparation for a final round of feedback before a green light towards the upgrade.

Hosken Reserve serves as the primary ground of Victorian National Premier League team Pascoe Vale FC.

The plan features an upgrade to the two pitches at Hosken Reserve, as well as the development of a hybrid grass-synthetic soccer pitch to be used by Pascoe Vale FC. In addition the clubrooms, lighting and car park are being upgraded. 

In December 2020, a report was tabled at the Moreland City Council meeting recommending a new master plan developed through an in-depth community engagement process. Since then, several rounds of development and community consultation have occured.

Pascoe Vale FC President Lou Tonna explains that the plan is a result of years of consultation and it should satisfy all constituents. 

“There was a master plan in 2009, and unfortunately a lot of it hasn’t been activated. There was some community pushback in regards to that plan, and it went to community consultation. There were a few things adopted by the council and it went to a refresh group, who aimed to get a reasonable outcome for the entire community,” Tonna said.

“This being the school, the Tennis club, the football club, and also the residents. I believe this master plan has hit the mark.”

In May Moreland Mayor Cr Annalivia Carli Hannan believed the plan would satisfy members of the local community.

“Our community health and well-being is strengthened by sport participation as well as by general community use of open space. Inner metropolitan councils have increasing demands on our limited open space, with competing needs and uses. I want to thank community members, including sports clubs and local residents, for their feedback and contribution,” she said.

Tonna says that the development should be finished within three years and that the outcome is a positive one for the community.

“It’s going out to community consultation, and we are hoping it will be finished in the next one to three years,” he said.

“We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the refresh group. We are very happy with the outcome of the master plan, and believe it’s great for everyone involved. This isn’t just about Pascoe Vale, it’s about the whole community.”

You can read more about the development of the Hosken Reserve plans, or find out how to make a community contribution, here.

Premier League rights in Spain renewed by DAZN to 2025

Sports streaming service DAZN has announced a renewal of its exclusive media rights to keep broadcasting the English Premier League in Spain from the 2022/23 to 2024/25 season.

In addition to offering coverage live and on-demand, DAZN will be providing other content such as documentaries, interviews and original productions.

The partnership began in 2018 when DAZN secured exclusive, platform-neutral rights to the league from 2019/20 to 2021/22.

Potential broadcasters were asked to lodge bids for both the three-season (2022-23 to 2024-25) and six-season (2022-23 to 2027-28) contract periods. Four different live rights packages were on offer in Spain, including a package containing all 380 matches.

Rights to show the Premier League are also held by DAZN in the same 2019-2022 cycle in Brazil, Canada, Japan and the Philippines.

Chief Customer and Innovation Officer at DAZN, Veronica Diquattro, acknowledged the potential growth for both DAZN and the Premier League as a result of the partnership.

“We will keep on working together to offer the growing number of fans who follow the Premier League in Spain the best experience and the best content, so that they can enjoy it to the full and discover new stories first hand through the key players, on and off the field,” she said.

Premier League Chief Media Officer Paul Molnar affirmed Diquattro’s enthusiasm by acknowledging the opportunities that teaming up with DAZN presents.

“The Premier League is delighted to continue our excellent partnership with DAZN in Spain. DAZN provides market-leading sports coverage and Premier League fans can look forward to more live matches than ever before,” he said.

Other football properties also currently offered by DAZN in Spain include Copa del Rey, Copa Libertadores, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Coppa Italia and Major League Soccer.

In addition to the Premier League, DAZN recently secured exclusive global media rights to the UEFA Women’s Champions League from the 2021/22 to 2024/25 season.

Casey Comets treated to new female friendly pavilion facilities

A brand new female friendly pavilion has been completed at the home of Casey Comets, made possible by Victorian Government grants.

Situated in the heart of Cranbourne, the upgrade is part of a $954,000 investment to create two additional female friendly changerooms at the existing soccer pavilion, which has two cubicle showers, two cubicle toilets and two basins for each changeroom.

The upgrades also feature the construction of a female friendly referee room, that includes changeroom space, cubicle shower, cubicle toilet, one basin and an additional storeroom.

The project also saw four existing changerooms undergo a major refurbishment to create more female friendly spaces.

Other current facilities, including the referee change room, storerooms, community room, male and female toilets and baby change room were also renovated, while LED lighting was installed in and around the spaces.

The participation rate in Cranbourne and its surrounding suburbs have seen significant growth over many years, with these latest updates a positive step to match this demand.

City of Casey Chair of Administrators Noelene Duff acknowledged how essential the upgrades were for the community, which will further increase women’s participation in sport.

“I am very proud to deliver these facilities and hope it encourages even more local women and girls to get involved with their local sporting club,” Duff said.

“I look forward to hearing about the positive impact this space has on the Casey Comets Football Club, the facility’s other user groups and the broader Cranbourne community, over the years to come.”

The project demonstrates Council’s commitment to putting the community at the forefront of future planning. The funding was delivered in partnership between the City of Casey and the Victorian Government, who contributed a total of $250,000 from the Female Friendly Facilities Fund, with Council’s own contribution of $704,000.

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