Mr Price SPORT and the Maxed brand proudly annouced their partnership with the Free State Stars Football Club at the Free State Stars Gala Awards Dinner at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg tonight. Picture: Pierre Tostee / Mr Price SPORT
Mr Price SPORT and the Maxed brand are proud to announce their partnership with the Free State Stars Football Club. The new deal, which was officially announced today, was warmly welcomed by Free State Stars General Manager Rantsi Mokoena.
"Free State Stars Football Club would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to Mr Price SPORT and Maxed for their decision to join the exciting football industry through entering into a relationship with Free State Stars. We would like to welcome you into soccer and we trust that the next three years will be filled with excitement and great success between the two companies."
Mokoena said he knew that the Maxed kit would be a hit with the players and supporters of Free State Stars.
"We are proud that we are the first professional soccer team to wear the Maxed product. Maxed have developed a high-tech jersey for the team and the players cannot wait to wear it in their first game against SuperSport United in the MTN8 cup competition."
Mr Price SPORT Managing Director Clint Larsson said the partnership heralded a new era of involvement in South African football for the Mr Price Group.
"It is an honour and privilege for Mr Price SPORT to be associated with a great football team such as Free State Stars who have established a long and distinguished legacy in South African football.”
"We trust that our Mr Price SPORT core values of passion, value and partnership will be reflected in our sponsorship of the Free State Stars FC and we look forward to assisting the team to achieve their soccer dreams."
The announcement marks the progression of the Mr Price SPORT MAXED brand into the professional football scene, with a sponsorship presence having been put in place at a development level for a number of years.
In 2004, the Mr Price High School Soccer league was launched in Mitchells Plain in the Cape, with its subsequent success leading to the expansion of the exciting initiative to seven provinces across South Africa, involving over 4000 learners from 164 schools.
The successful league led to the Mr Price Group and the Red Cap Foundation being presented with a Sports Development award in 2009, with plans now in place to see the Mr Price High School Soccer League establish a presence in all nine provinces.
Preparations are already underway for the next league to be launched in the Free State.
A number of young participants have already gone on to play football professionally and now the opportunity exists for them to one day turn out for the Free State Stars.
Mokoena acknowledged that the involvement of Mr Price SPORT in football was going a long way to inspiring future sports stars.
"The decision to sponsor Free State Stars will go a long way in helping to develop the youth of this country and bettering the lives of ordinary South Africans through sport. Mr Price SPORT's involvement in soccer will play a big part in the creation of jobs, in the promotion of a healthier South Africa through the participation in sports and most importantly in helping to unify all South Africans.
And now there is every reason to believe that the ‘Stars’ will continue to sparkle on football fields throughout South Africa for many seasons to come.