Southampton Football Club announces Ecowatt as Official Training Kit Partner

The Treble Group UK is delighted to announce that Ecowatt – a blockchain-powered renewable energy company – has joined forces with Southampton Football Club as their Official Training Kit Partner for the remainder of the 2022/2023 season.

The Treble Group UK facilitated in brokering the partnership, which will see the Ecowatt brand emblazoned on the Men’s First Team, B Team and Women’s First Team training kits, and will be making an appearance for the first time at the Men’s English Premier League clash against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Ecowatt buys and builds renewable power stations to expand the supply rapidly, whilst simultaneously funding projects that are key drivers in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The innovative green investment platform has two main portfolios: The Green Asset portfolio and the Impact Portfolio.

Within the near future, through leveraging innovative technologies such as blockchain and tokens, Ecowatt will make investing in sustainable energy solutions accessible and profitable for everyone.

Southampton Football Club is on a mission to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. The club was recently shortlisted for the inaugural BBC Sports Green Awards for the work they have been doing around their sustainability strategy, ‘The Halo Effect’, which saw them rise from 18th to 3rd in the Sports Positive Premier League sustainability table.

As part of the partnership, Southampton FC and Ecowatt will work on a joint project together to help the club reduce its overall carbon emissions, with more details to be announced soon.

Sarah Batters, Director of Partnerships and Marketing for Southampton Football Club said: “We are proud to be partnering with Ecowatt, an organisation which understands the issues around climate change and is making it easy, fast, and convenient for anyone to contribute to climate action in whatever way they can.

“As a club we are fully committed to ensuring a sustainable future for our fans and community, so we support Ecowatt’s mission, and we look forward to working together throughout the season to better our planet.”

Thomas Puskas, Founder & CEO of Ecowatt said: “We believe that innovative investment will save the world. We are thrilled to work with this club which has such a genuine and meaningful commitment towards becoming more sustainable and we’re looking forward to accelerating the change with them”

Lauren Haworth, Global Marketing Director of Ecowatt said: “this partnership gets to the heart of what real branding is really about, authentic collaborations between brands that share similar values. We are so excited to work with Southampton, and together we can make a real tangible difference through more sustainability initiatives that benefit the club, the fans and the planet.”

To find out more about Ecowatt click here

 

About Southampton Football Club 

Southampton Football Club is a professional football club that plays in the Premier League, the top tier of English football.

Based in Hampshire, on England’s south coast, the club plays its home games in the 32,000 capacity St Mary’s Stadium, a stone’s throw from St Mary’s Church, where the club was formed in 1885.

Nicknamed ‘The Saints’, the club’s proudest moment came in 1976 when they beat Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

After a seven-year absence, the club returned to the Premier League in 2012 following successive promotions from League One and the Championship. Having been named one of the world’s fastest-growing football club brands in 2015, the club went on to achieve its highest-ever Premier League finish of sixth in 2016 to secure European qualification for a second consecutive season.

Proud of its 136-year heritage, but constantly moving forward, the club is renowned for doing things differently and using its strong set of guiding principles to turn potential into excellence, both on and off the pitch.

 

Qatar Partners with United Rugby Championship

The Treble UK office is proud to share that Qatar Airways has announced its newest sport partnership as the Official Airline Partner of the BKT United Rugby Championship (Vodacom URC in South Africa) and Official South African Airline Partner for European Professional Club Rugby.

The World’s Best Airline, known for supporting sports globally, has entered into multi-year agreements with three top rugby organisations in recognition of the growth and passion demonstrated by rugby fans in key travel markets across Western Europe and South Africa.

Treble Group UK MD, Kyle Nel, and his team played a vital role in helping push this partnership to realisation. Professional and tenacious the whole way through, that realisation will stand this burgeoning competition in good stead as it continues to grow exponentially.

The BKT United Rugby Championship (URC) is one of three major professional rugby leagues in Europe, involving teams from Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Wales and now South Africa. The most successful teams from each league also go on to compete in the Heineken Champions Cup and the EPCR Challenge Cup against teams from the domestic leagues in England and France. For the first time in history both competitions, organised by EPCR, will include South African teams.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “At Qatar Airways, we bring the world and communities together – through travel, of course, but also through sport. Today, we continue that mission by providing greater access to fans to watch their favourite teams compete, and supporting URC players and coaches and South African teams competing in EPCR competitions as they make cross-hemisphere trips via Doha to match destinations.”

The three-year partnership kicked-off today with a celebration at Hamad International Airport in Doha. Inside the Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker was joined by Martin Anayi, Chief Executive Officer of the URC, Anthony Lepage, Chief Executive Officer of the EPCR, Mark Alexander, President of the South Africa Rugby Union, Ali Price, scrum-half of the Glasgow Warriors and Johan Goosen, full-back of the Vodacom Bulls, to commemorate the partnership.

Martin Anayi, chief executive officer of the United Rugby Championship, said: “Our league has greatly broadened its horizons in the past 12 months and we are honoured that Qatar Airways have become one of our key partners. Travel is at the heart of all of our competitions and this partnership will allow us to tap into the incredible expertise and knowledge available at Qatar Airways as they support our teams and fans on their journeys to some of the biggest games of the season.”

Qatar Airways are also partnering with SA Rugby as an associate sponsor of the competition in the southern hemisphere and their involvement was welcomed by Jurie Roux, Chief Executive Officer of SA Rugby: “I have no doubt that Doha will become a very familiar and welcoming staging post for all our teams and staff. We are delighted to welcome Qatar to the family and to share this amazing new rugby journey literally and figuratively with them over the coming years.”

Anthony Lepage, Chief Executive Officer of EPCR, added: “We are very pleased to welcome Qatar Airways as our South African Airline Partner and enter into this partnership alongside the URC. As we welcome five South African clubs into the Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup, the support from Qatar Airways will be key in helping players and coaches travel to face new competition from clubs in England and France. We are entering a new global phase of our competitions and Qatar Airways will play a key part in delivering the pinnacle of club rugby competitions to more audiences than ever before.

As part of the partnership, Qatar Airways will support the BKT URC (URC) and EPRC grow the game globally and will soon be offering URC all-inclusive Travel Packages with Flights, hotels and match tickets. Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and across Africa, Asia and the Middle East for both men and women.

Adding the BKT United Rugby Championship (URC) and European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) to its already extensive sports portfolio solidifies Qatar Airways as a brand committed to supporting sport across the globe. Qatar Airways is a leading global football supporter including FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Bayern München, Concacaf, CONMEBOL. Additionally, Qatar Airways is the official airline of The Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Series, GKA Kite World Tour and multiple equestrianism, padel, squash and tennis events.

Feast of International Rugby League Returns

After nearly three years without top class international Rugby League in England due to the Covid-19 pandemic, fans can finally enjoy a feast of Rugby League action at Headingley Stadium this Autumn kicking off with a historic clash between Leeds Rhinos and New Zealand on Saturday 8th October, kick off 6pm.

With their unique knowledge of the oval ball game, the Treble Group UK were at the forefront of facilitating and securing this historic and exciting clash, which is a pre-cursor to the Rugby League World Cup to be staged in England this coming October.

The match continues a rich tradition of games between the two sides that dates back to the first ever touring side, the All Golds back in 1907. The match will be 115 years since Leeds and the All Golds met at Headingley for the first time on 26th October 1907. Three months later, Rugby League’s first ever Test was also hosted by Headingley with the Northern Union winning 14-6 on 25th January 1908.

Commenting on the clash, New Zealand Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said: “To have been granted a game against one of our great Test playing nations is a huge honour and a privilege for Leeds Rhinos. International Rugby League is the pinnacle of our sport, and it has been sorely missed over the last three years due to the global pandemic.

Our last meeting back in 2015 was a real ‘I was there’ moment with a number of former players making guest appearances including Ali Lauitiiti and Adrian Morley playing their final games as part of the occasion and I am sure we will have some surprises in store nearer the time. I would also like to thank the Treble Group UK for their role in facilitating the game,” added Hetherington.

Treble Group UK Managing Director, Kyle Nel, is excited about playing an integral role in delivering International Rugby League action to the Leeds fans – known for their deep love of the sport – and ensuring that the buildup to the Rugby League World Cup gets the recognition it deserves.

“As the excitement builds towards the Rugby League World Cup, a high-profile match between the Leeds Rhinos and the might of New Zealand at a historic rugby league venue like Headingly is a fitting celebration of the sport on the eve of its marque World Cup event.

“On behalf of the Treble Group UK team, we wish all our partners great renewed success as this big clash offers a unique moment in the sport for increased exposure and unlimited opportunities to grow the Rugby League World Cup, its traditions, and a new era of the game itself,” Nel said.