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    EMIRATES EXTEND PARTNERSHIP WITH WESTERN FORCE

    The standing of the Emirates Western Force as a world class sporting organisation has been reinforced with global airline leader Emirates extending its naming rights partnership for a further three seasons.

    Emirates Airline has partnered the West Australian Super Rugby franchise as naming sponsor since the club’s 2005 inception and the new deal will see Emirates maintain pride of place on the front of the ocean blue jersey until at least the end of the 2013 season.

    The strength of the relationship between Emirates and the Emirates Western Force was evident throughout positive negotiations, with approval of the new three year extension, set to come into effect following the 2010 season, finalised at a recent meeting in Dubai.

    In extending the partnership Richard Vaughan, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President – Commercial Operations Worldwide, said the Emirates Western Force had proved to be a valuable addition to the airline's stable of high-profile sporting associations across the globe and was in no doubt the benefits for both organisations would continue to flourish into the future.

    “Emirates is delighted to confirm the continued naming rights sponsorship of the Emirates Western Force,” Mr Vaughan said.

    “Emirates enjoys a long-standing global commitment to sport sponsorships and is passionate about rugby.

    “We are continually impressed by the drive and professionalism of the Emirates Western Force and by the ongoing passion and support of Western Australian rugby fans,” added Mr Vaughan.

    RugbyWA Chief Executive Officer, Vern Reid, said securing an extension to the naming rights partnership with still a year to run on the current contract highlighted the brand strength of the Emirates Western Force and the positive impact the team had achieved in their short history.

    “It is a significant vote of confidence in the strategic direction we have worked hard to implement for sustained growth and success of the Emirates Western Force both on and off-field,” Mr Reid said

    “Emirates is an international success story and highly visible brand. Its continued commitment to rugby in Western Australia is a huge fillip for the code and also recognises the wonderful support we receive from the community across the state,” Mr Reid said.

    “There is enormous goodwill that exists between our organisations and we’re delighted that the relationship will have many more years to build on the successful partnership that has already been established.”

    Rugby’s footprint in WA has grown significantly since the introduction of the Emirates Western Force with participation rates in junior and senior competitions recording increases while support off the-field continues to flourish in both corporate and membership sectors. The 2010 membership campaign has seen Emirates Western Force members renew at a faster rate than ever in anticipation of the action and atmosphere at a dedicated rectangular stadium.

    Emirates is part of an impressive list of corporate leaders who have recently re-committed to the Emirates Western Force for season 2010 and beyond. These include health insurer MBF, who will continue to appear on the front of the playing shorts, apparel sponsor ISC, Tooheys and TS Marine who has upped their involvement and will be emblazoned on the collar of the jersey.

    “We are proud to have a host of loyal and dedicated partners at the Emirates Western Force, each of whom share a philosophy of striving for excellence,” Mr Reid said.

    “We look forward to their ongoing involvement and sharing the good times ahead.”

    The Emirates Western Force will kick-off its 2010 Investec Bank Super 14 season on Friday, 12 February against the Brumbies at ME Bank Stadium.

    Corporate hospitality and memberships have been highly sought and selling fast. There are limited packages available and time is running out for supporters to experience the thrills of Super Rugby at a new venue designed for maximum viewing enjoyment.

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    This is VERY good news.

    I recall Emirates renewing their sponsorship just prior to the departure of CEO O'Meara and some suggested it was to get them locked in before the bad news started leaking out.

    This together with the financial woes in the UAE shows very good confidence in the Emirates and partnership.

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    Top stuff, what Gerry said

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    I agree with Gerry, Emirates is not in the habit of sponsoring crap teams (AFAIK)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    I agree with Gerry, Emirates is not in the habit of sponsoring crap teams (AFAIK)
    Its probably an exception to the rule, but they sponsor Collingwood.

    http://www.emirates.com/english/abou...nsorships.aspx

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    Collingwood aren't a crap team, just have crap supporters, crap management, crap players ...

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    The only problem is when you wear your Emirates Force shirt in the UK everyone first of all think its Chelsea! and that's not good! Go Spurs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueandblack View Post
    Its probably an exception to the rule, but they sponsor Collingwood.

    http://www.emirates.com/english/abou...nsorships.aspx
    I didn't know that!

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    I picked up flights from Perth to Manchester for about $1500 return with the Emirates thanks to the 7% off flight deal. Pretty much paid for membership. Jackpot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNOBSRFC View Post
    The only problem is when you wear your Emirates Force shirt in the UK everyone first of all think its Chelsea! and that's not good! Go Spurs!
    It actually get's them pretty mixed up because they see the Emirates name which they immediately associate with Arsenal, then a confused look comes over their face when they realise they are looking at a blue shirt which should mean it is Chelsea.
    Doesn't say much for how much it looks like an actual Rugby jersey

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    well done richard,a good neddies man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
    Doesn't say much for how much it looks like an actual Rugby jersey
    Its a shame they don't make a REAL rugby jumper. Maybe I should see if I can get the marketing wrights an make REAL rugby jumpers.
    What do you think?

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    Good luck trying but if you pulled it off I imagine the right article would sell well.

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