The Wrigley Company (East Africa), a local subsidiary of Wm Wrigley Company and a leader in the global confectionery industry and the world’s largest manufacturer of chewing and bubble gum on Monday 17 October 2011 announced that it has signed a Kshs 1 million sponsorship agreement with the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) for the 16th Safaricom Sevens that takes place at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium from November 4-6.
Through this relationship, Wrigley’s brands Juicy Fruit®, Wrigley’s Spearmint® and PK® -will be on sale at the Safaricom Sevens, Africa’s premier sevens rugby event as the official tournament bubble gum brands.
“As hosts of Africa’s premier sevens rugby tournament, the Kenya Rugby Union and the Safaricom Sevens Organizing Committee are delighted to welcome Wrigley’s East Africa on board as one of our sponsors. Most fans can identify with the various brands produced by Wrigley’s. The synchrony between Wrigley’s and the Safaricom Sevens will make for a pleasant, refreshing experience,” said Paul Nyamodi, Acting Secretary, Kenya Rugby Union. ”
Michael Burton, Regional Managing Director, Wrigley’s East Africa said, “The Safaricom Sevens has legions of fans representing diverse cultures and interests, and is anxiously anticipated with each passing year. It is uniquely positioned to introduce fans to a wide range of Wrigley’s products. We at Wrigley’s are thrilled to have the opportunity to be associated with the Safaricom Sevens.”
The function was also attended by the firm’s Marketing Manager, Moses Waiharo.
InterContinental appointed official tournament hotel
The same function saw the InterContinental, Nairobi; enter into a partnership with the KRU that will see it serve as the official tournament hotel for the 16th Safaricom Sevens. Under the partnership, teams and match officials will be hosted at the hotel, which is part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).
“We are really excited to play host for this prestigious tournament” said Karl Hala, General Manager of the InterContinental Nairobi and Director in charge of Africa Operations for the IHG
“It is indeed an honour for us to be appointed official hotel and to show case the warm hospitality and friendly reception that reflects our true Kenyan culture and custom to all participating teams and officials. We will ensure that their stay at our hotel will be the most comfortable and memorable one.” he added.
“We are proud to be associated with this world-class event. With such close proximity to the Nyayo National Stadium, it will be a breeze for teams and officials to travel back and forth from the stadium. The guests from can expect a host of luxurious amenities and facilities at Inter-Continental Hotel from very comfortable rooms to swimming pools, a well-equipped fitness centre, and award-winning restaurants” commented Hala.
Safaricom Sevens Organizing Committee chairman Myke Rabar welcomed the arrangement, saying, “We are particularly grateful to the Nairobi InterContinental management for agreeing to partner with us in our bid to make the Safaricom Sevens a world class event. Offering world class accommodation is a step in the right direction and we look forward to a long, fruitful association with your establishment.”
Previously called the Safari Sevens, this tournament was first played in 1996 at Nairobi’s RFUEA Grounds. Local telecommunications firm Safaricom took over title sponsorship in 2010, resulting in the tournament being christened the Safaricom Sevens. The 2011 edition will take place between Friday 4th and Sunday 6th November at the Nyayo National Stadium, off Uhuru Highway in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi.