Activations

Crypto brand FTC teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) as the title partner of the league’s touring 2022 ‘FTX MLB Home Run Derby X’ event which began with a blockbuster event in London on July 9 to …

A collaborative, Nordic multi-media activation programme leveraging the 2021 Women’s Champions League final in Gothenburg by UEFA women’s football partner Visa and Viaplay Group ran from March through May…

In May 2022, UEFA partnered PepsiCo’s snack and sports drink brands Lays and Gatorade for an activation around the Women’s Champions League final through a linked grassroots pitch and tournament initiative in host city Turin which saw the crisps brand build a community pitch from recycled packaging and then the sports drink run an all-women’s ‘Gatorade 5v5’ tournament on it.

Swiss beer brand Brauerei Schützengarten activated its sponsorship of hockey team SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers following a 2020-21 season of success on the ice that was missed by fans due to the pandemic …

Running through the Covid-affected 2020-21 international season, Bednet and ClassContact activated their partnership with the Royal Belgian Football Association (KBVB/URBSFA) for a kids’ cause campaign which connected the men’s national team training sessions to unwell children confined to bed.

In May 2022, Uefa sponsor Mastercard leveraged its rights around the Men’s Champions League Final through a global campaign built around brand ambassador Lionel Messi. The campaign led with a hero film featuring a young Messi’s first flight to Spain to start his career playing for FC Barcelona.

In September 2021 Premier League giant Arsenal FC teamed up with ecology restoration non-profit CarbonLink (and Bore Green Umbrella) for a philanthropic initiative in Africa called ‘The Arsenal Forest’: a sustainability initiative aimed at off-setting the carbon consumption of the club’s matchday programme whilst also supporting local communities and local football clubs.

In August 2021 Danish sportswear brand Hummel leveraged a trio of its official football club supplier tie-ups – Everton FC, Southampton FC and Brondby IF – on a kit-based collaborative campaign called The Rainbow Jersey to support the LGBTQ+ community, fight against discrimination in football and raise funds for local inclusivity non-profits.

In Autumn/Winter 2021 Nissan Global leveraged its high profile sports partnership with City Football Group (spearheaded by Premier League heavyweight Manchester City FC) and its ABB FIA Formula E Nissan e.DAMS team to promote the innovative technology of Nissan Electric Vehicles and link them with the excitement of sport.

In May 2022, Brighton & Hove Albion FC principle partner American Express celebrated 10-years of supporting the club through a shirt buy-back activation. It offered a limited number of supporters the option to swap any official team shirt from AmEx’s decade-long partnership for a voucher for the new 2022/23 season kit.

In 2020, Unilever deodorant brand Rexona used its Chelsea rights to promote its ‘Breaking Limits’ programme for the empowerment of young people.

In 2020-21, utility giant DEW21 leveraged its new partnership with Dortmund through an integrated campaign aimed at boosting brand sentiment, customer acquisition and positioning the company as a local patriot.

In March 2022 AFC Bournemouth teamed up with principal partner and front of shirt sponsor MSP Capital and sponsor Vitality to launch a new ‘Bring Your Boots’ football boot and trainer recycling scheme. It encouraged fans to donate their sports shoes to be given to local families financially impacted by the pandemic and unable to afford the equipment needed to keep their kids involved in grassroots football and keep them physically active.

On 28th July 2021, Fulham FC and official shirt supplier Adidas rolled out a launch campaign for its 2021/22 home and away kits through an integrated campaign called ‘Worn With Pride’ with creative fronted by and featuring club staff to reward their commitment through the pandemic and to emphasise the club’s family positioning.

In March 2022 Leicester City FC sponsor FBS, an international Forex broker, investor and trader, launched a brand campaign called ‘Always By Your Side’ which was led by a player-fronted hero spot and aimed to inspire people all over the world to reach new heights.

In February 2022 blockchain platform Tezos activated around the announcement that it had penned a partnership as the new Manchester United FC Official Training Shirt Sponsor. Tezos used an integrated, digital-first campaign called ‘Welcome To the Future’ to drive awareness of the sponsorship, of the brand, its positioning and offerings.

In September 2021 EA Sports and Leeds United FC leveraged their gaming partnership through authentic and relevant content running across club and gaming company platforms. Focusing on FIFA 21’s ratings reveal through video and featuring a fictional ratings group of Leeds stars which championed the tie-up and provided a unique point of difference between Leeds and EA’s other partner clubs.