Liverpool Football Club and Standard Chartered Bank are pleased to announce a three year extension to their main sponsor agreement, taking the Bank's partnership with the Club through to the end of the 2018/19 season.
The Bank originally signed up as the Club's main sponsor in July 2010, and the Standard Chartered logo has now appeared on the front of the Reds' shirts for the last five seasons. Following an extension of the partnership in 2013, the sponsorship has now been extended further to run until 30 May 2019. Financial terms of the agreement remain confidential.
Over the last five years, Standard Chartered and Liverpool FC have used their partnership to support a number of the Bank's award-winning sustainability and community investment programmes. The annual 'Perfect Match' game – where LFC players swap the Standard Chartered logo on their shirts for the Seeing is Believing logo – has raised more than $340,000 to tackle avoidable blindness. The sponsorship has also allowed the Bank to leverage the Club's impressive social media presence to educate and share awareness on HIV / AIDS on successive World AIDS Days, supporting the Bank's Living with HIV programme.
The sponsorship has enabled the Bank to connect with customers, clients and staff around the world, through money-can’t-buy opportunities such as the Liverpool Legend-led soccer clinics which have reached more than 3,500 children across 16 of the Bank's markets, and the Standard Chartered Trophy. This annual five-a-side football tournament provides teams from around the world the opportunity to play at Anfield Stadium. Retail Banking campaigns and promotions across markets including Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Brunei further demonstrate the power of the sponsorship to engage existing and potential customers and improve brand awareness.
Billy Hogan, Chief Commercial Officer, Liverpool Football Club, said: 'This extension further demonstrates the great strength of our long term relationship and the success of our partnership with Standard Chartered. The sponsorship of the Liverpool shirt is extremely prestigious and only five brands will have adorned the shirt in the 40 years since we created the sponsorship opportunity. At the end of this term we will have been working in partnership with Standard Charted for almost a decade and we continue to collaborate on our shared values, passion and commitment to the community'.
Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered, said: 'Liverpool Football Club is a fantastic club and hugely popular across our global footprint. Over the last five years our partnership has allowed us to deepen our engagement with our customers, clients and staff, and has provided valuable support to the charitable initiatives close to our hearts. We are very pleased to be able to continue this collaboration, and look forward to what we can achieve together in the future'.