National brands pledge support to Chile’s showpiece event

Vital areas of health, education and communications will be well supported at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015, following the announcement that Clinica MEDS, Movistar and Santo Tomas have joined FIFA’s roster of National Supporters for next year’s showpiece tournament.

A leader in sports medicine, Clinica MEDS is a nationally-renowned organisation, employing more than 200 healthcare professionals, including doctors and physiotherapists, who are devoted to serving more than 120,000 people a year across a range of professional and amateur sporting disciplines. By the end of 2014, Clinica MEDS will employ 300 professionals, serving more than 150,000 people.

Movistar, a long-time supporter of football in the region, is Chile’s main telecommunications provider, offering broadband, pay TV, mobile and fixed telephony among other connectivity solutions for the corporate sector.

With 23 campuses across 14 regions of Chile, Santo Tomas plays a fundamental role in the education of Chileans from preschool right through to technical training centre, professional institute and university levels.

All three National Supporters will, according to FIFA Director Marketing Division Thierry Weil, play a crucial role in the operational success of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015, as well as contributing significantly to the event’s wider legacy.

Thierry Weil said: “The FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 represents another wonderful opportunity for us to help shape the growth and development of young people through football. However, none of this valuable work can be achieved without the essential contribution, dedication and local knowledge of our National Supporters Clinica MEDS, Santo Tomas and Movistar.”

The FIFA U-17 World Cup is a very important tournament, as football is a strong national passion in Chile.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup is one of the most important events in the FIFA calendar, with 504 of the best players in that age group from across the planet represented in the competition. The showpiece event will present football’s future stars live to 192 countries, with 5,800 hours of television broadcast and almost 200 million viewers.

All three National Supporters are excited to be involved with the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 and see it as an opportunity to help make a positive impact across the nation.

Clinica MEDS CEO Ricardo Quiroz said: “We feel very proud to be one of the National Supporters of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 and we aim to reinforce and fortify our relationship with football, as well as with all Chilean footballers.”

Movistar’s Pedro Del Favero reiterated the recognition that the FIFA U-17 World Cup is an important event for the Chileans at large. 

“Movistar has always supported the most important sport and entertainment events,” he explained. “The FIFA U-17 World Cup is a very important tournament, as football is a strong national passion in Chile. We are very proud to be sponsoring such a historical moment for Chilean supporters.”

Santo Tomas Vice President of Corporate Affairs Hernan Swart echoed his organisation’s pride in being involved with the event.

He said: “Santo Tomas is proud to participate once again in a FIFA tournament. We are confident it will be a historic event for sport and for Chile and we have committed our full support, as well as that of our students, to help ensure the success of this great tournament.”

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