- SINGAPORE, March 28, 2018 -
Epson Singapore and Geylang International Football Club (GIFC) today announced the renewal of their partnership for the third consecutive year, making the imaging and innovation leader the football club’s Platinum sponsor once again, until the end of December 2018.
The sponsorship renewal reflects the success of the partnership between Epson Singapore and GIFC to date and reiterates both parties’ strong and ongoing commitment to youth development. It is also testament to Epson and GIFC’s aligned vision of developing and elevating the Singapore football scene by providing opportunities to nurture local talents.
Mr. Toshimitsu Tanaka, Managing Director of Epson Singapore said, “We are delighted and proud to be extending our sponsorship with GIFC. 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.”
As one of the world's largest manufacturers of computer printers, and information and imaging related equipment, Epson has a long history of involvement with football. Globally, Epson is a sponsor of sporting icon Manchester United, while in Japan, Epson partners with J-League team, Matsumoto Yamaga FC. This commitment to the sport also extends to Singapore, where Epson co-organised the Epson Youth tournament with GIFC.
Mr. Ben Teng, Chairman of GIFC said, “We are delighted that Epson has decided to continue as our main sponsor for the 2018 season. 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.”
Under this sponsorship deal, Epson has and will continue to work with GIFC to develop youths through football. One such initiative is Epson Youth Challenge, a youth football tournament held last year, in partnership with GIFC and in support of GetActive! Singapore. Since the inaugural Epson Singapore Cup in 2016, the youth tournament has expanded in size and scope thanks to the support of our partners, and in 2017 witnessed a total of more than 1,200 youth participants.
As part of Epson’s partnership with Matsumoto Yamaga FC, Epson and GIFC also 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. Two out of the six youths were selected based on their performance at Epson Youth Challenge.
The signing ceremony between Mr. Toshimitsu Tanaka, Managing Director of Epson Singapore, and Mr. Ben Teng, Chairman of GIFC was held as part of a pre-season conference today at 1-Altitude, Singapore.
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Since 1982, Epson has developed a strong presence across major markets in Southeast Asia and South Asia. Led by the regional headquarters Epson Singapore, Epson’s business in Southeast Asia spans an extensive network of 11 countries with a comprehensive infrastructure of close to 500 service outlets, 7 Epson solution centres and 7 manufacturing facilities. http://www.epson.com.sg