22 October 2010 (London) — Chelsea Football Club and adidas are delighted to announce an extension of their global partnership that will see the sports brand continue to be an official sponsor and sportswear supplier for the club over the next eight years.
The relationship was launched in 2006 when both parties created the world’s largest team photo as 8,000 Chelsea fans lined up alongside the first team squad. Chelsea and adidas have since undertaken a number of successful grassroots projects. This has included partnering with America’s top youth football clubs to help develop US soccer, and the launch of ‘Blue Pitches’ aimed at encouraging young kids to participate in sport across London with plans to roll them out internationally after the launch of a Blue Pitch in Hong Kong last year.
Ron Gourlay, Chelsea Football Club’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership until 2018 after a highly successful first four years. Both organisations are highly ambitious and want to continue in partnership to develop globally and for us, grow in our key market territories across Asia and North America.”