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England Rugby and its sponsor, O2, will host a ‘Wear the Rose Live’ festival at Bristol Amphitheatre on 13th August that will feature the 31-man Rugby World Cup squad and coaching staff the day after the squad selection for the tournament in Japan.

The free-to-enter event, which will begin at midday, will give fans the chance to meet current and former players, while the O2 Touch tournament will feature 20 touch rugby teams competing on a giant inflatable pitch. The festival will also offer live music, carnival stalls and other attractions.

Kia renews Oval deal

South Korean car manufacturer Kia has sealed a four-year extension to its partnership with Surrey County Cricket Club, until the end of 2024.

The deal will ensure the club’s home stadium will retain its Kia Oval name. The two parties’ initial agreement for the iconic venue began at the start of 2011, with the extension ensuring the naming-rights partnership is now one of the longest in UK sport.

Under the agreement, Kia will also continue to have its brand emblazoned across the club’s shirts, a well as various places around the London stadium.

Roma joins blockchain revolution with Socios.com

Fan engagement platform Socios.com has expanded its football portfolio by striking a deal with Serie A’s AS Roma, which has become the latest major club to embrace innovative blockchain-based technology.

Under the agreement, the platform’s Chiliz ($CHZ) utility token has become the club’s official cryptocurrency as part of a fan engagement model inspired by the ‘socios’ membership structure utilised by the likes of Spanish LaLiga giant FC Barcelona.

National Student Esports secures long-term Intel deal

National Student Esports (NSE) has signed a strategic long-term partnership with Intel for the second season of the British University Esports Championship.

The two companies will work together on a range of initiatives throughout the season, with more details of the partnership to be announced later in the year. A particular focus will be placed on investment in grassroots esports.

Virgin Sport & JUST Goods team up on London 10K anti-plastic drive

Will Smith and Richard Branson have announced a new partnership between their respective JUST Goods and Virgin Sport brands to replace all single-use plastic bottles at the finish line with JUST Water cartons during Sunday’s ASICS London 10K.

The eco-friendly initiative will also result in an additional 40,000 single-use plastic bottles being removed from the route.

Some 500,000 single-use plastic bottles will be removed from all Virgin Sport events in 2019, including the Hackney Half Marathon and the Oxford Half Marathon.

Fanatics adds UEFA to football portfolio

UEFA has signed a long-term partnership with Fanatics, which will serve as the official fan shop for the body’s national team events.

The deal covers Euro 2020, the Nations League Finals, the European Under-21 Championship, the European Futsal Championship and the Women’s Euro 2021.

As part of the agreement, Fanatics will be able to produce officially licensed UEFA competition merchandise at its major events.

Marvel backs Superhero Series

Marvel has been unveiled as the headline sponsor of the Superhero Tri, which forms part of the Superhero Series, a mass-participation sports series for people with disabilities.

This year’s edition of the family-friendly event will be held on 17th August at Dorney Lake, the rowing and canoe sprint venue during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Participants will be able to compete in a solo or team challenge.

City celebrates Manchester’s history with Puma kits

Manchester City and Puma have revealed the club’s home and away kits for the 2019/20 season – the first designs of their new partnership.

City Football Group signed a global long-term partnership with Puma earlier this year. The deal also covers City’s sister clubs in Australia, Spain, Uruguay and China.

City’s new kits pay tribute to Manchester’s industrial and cultural heritage and also feature the club’s 125th anniversary crest.

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