Epson Singapore has renewed its partnership with the Geylang International Football Club (GIFC) for the third consecutive year. This makes Epson the football club’s platinum sponsor until the end of December 2018.
Through this partnership, the company will continue to work with GIFC to develop youths in football through initiatives such as the Epson Youth Challenge, a youth football tournament in support of GetActive! Singapore. Since the inaugural Epson Singapore Cup held in 2016, the youth tournament has expanded in size and scope, and witness more than 1,200 youth participants in 2017.
The sponsorship renewal reflects the strong and ongoing commitment of both parties towards youth development, and the success of the partnership, a press statement read. It also shows the aligned vision of developing and elevating the Singapore football scene through opportunities provided, to nurture local talents.
“The past two years have been extremely exciting and successful for Epson in terms of deepening our community outreach efforts to develop young footballers. In this third year of partnership, we hope to continue empowering and nurturing local young talents to achieve their footballing dreams,” Toshimitsu Tanaka (pictured right), managing director of Epson Singapore said.
Epson has also been an active sponsor of sporting icon Manchester United, and partnered with the J-League team, Matsumoto Yamaga FC in Japan. As part of the partnership, Epson and GIFC had sent a total of six youth footballers to Yamaga in Japan for a short training stint, where they were exposed to Japanese coaching methods and new training techniques.
“We have had a very fruitful relationship with Epson over the last two years and have co-organised various community football related events with them. Epson also played a significant part in helping us initiate and nurture our growing relationship with Matsumoto Yamaga FC, from which we have benefited significantly from the exchange of footballing and community engagement experience,” Ben Teng (pictured left), chairman of GIFC said.