Sunderland AFC is delighted to announce a new partnership with Vertu Motors.
The North East-based motor retail brand become the club’s Official Car Partner until the end of the 2021-22 season, expanding their sports portfolio with two new partnerships.
Vertu Motors have also joined forces with Middlesbrough Football Club, as they continue to build and enhance engagement with supporters across English football.
The partnership will incorporate matchday activation, digital opportunities and player appearances, and there will also be a focus on ensuring PR and marketing activations throughout the campaign.
Based in Gateshead, Vertu Motors have existing partnerships with Durham Cricket and the Newcastle Eagles basketball team, whilst also having naming rights for the Eagles’ Vertu Motors Arena in Gateshead.
The motor retail brand also sponsor the Professional Footballers’ Association for the PFA Vertu Motors Fans’ Player of the Month Award, a partnership that has ran for several seasons and will continue until the end of the 2022-23 campaign.
North of the border, Vertu Motors’ sister brand Macklin Motors have partnerships with Hibernian, Hearts and the Glasgow Rocks basketball team.
Robert Forrester, Chief Executive of Vertu Motors PLC, said: “We are delighted to expand our football sponsorship portfolio with two historic and much-loved clubs in the North East. Sunderland and Middlesbrough both have huge support and demonstrate a real commitment to their respective communities, which is fundamental to how we want to promote our partnerships, with a number of our car dealerships also located in proximity of both our new club partners. We look forward to working closely with them to bring the Vertu Motors brand to their audiences and support their various football initiatives across the region.”
SAFC’s Chief Operating Officer, Steve Davison, added: “We are delighted to welcome Vertu Motors as an official partner of Sunderland AFC. Vertu are an established and respected national brand and they are renowned for their commitment to quality service and customer care. Based in the North East, they have an ever-growing presence within the region and we look forward to working with them to establish a strong and lasting partnership.”