France’s Women’s World Cup secures first national supporter

Chemicals and advanced materials manufacturer Arkema has agreed a deal to become the first national supporter of next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup in France.

Arkema is a French company with a presence in 55 countries. It agreed the deal with Fifa and the local organising committee for the national team football tournament.

Arkema will seek to support women’s engagement in football as part of the deal.

The Women’s World Cup will take place from June 7 to July 7 next year across nine host cities: Paris, Lyon, Nice, Rennes, Montpellier, Valenciennes, Reims, Grenoble and Le Havre.

Thierry Le Hénaff, Arkema chairman and chief executive, said: “Signing this agreement is a great opportunity for us to support and enhance the status of women both in sport and at work. The values of local outreach, solidarity and excelling oneself as upheld by a competition like the Fifa Women’s World Cup France 2019 are fully consistent with Arkema’s own values. We are very proud to be involved in this global sporting event.”