Manchester United and Aon Enter Groundbreaking New Eight-Year Partnership
*New Carrington training ground named Aon Training Complex, a
state-of-the-art facility focused on performance
*Training kit to carry the Aon name
*Aon to be Presenting Partner of Manchester United Tours
*Manchester United Business Network to work with Aon to enhance partnership
themes of talent development, health, risk management, retirement and data
& analytics through global programme
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom & LONDON -- April 08, 2013
Manchester United plc (NYSE: MANU) and Aon plc (NYSE: AON), the world’s
leading provider of risk and human resource solutions, today announced an
innovative new business partnership which will, from 1 July 2013, extend their
relationship by an additional eight years to 2021 and see the Club’s renowned
training centre renamed the Aon Training Complex.
Under the new partnership, Aon will become the first ever partner of the
Club’s training facility at Carrington, providing best-in-class advice to the
Club on talent development, risk management, health and wellness.
Manchester United and Aon designed this extension to showcase how Aon
"Empowers Results" for its clients and to provide the Club with greater access
to Aon’s leading risk and human resource solutions. This new phase will be
focused on helping Manchester United drive greater business performance and
deliver results on and off the pitch.
Consistent with Aon’s emphasis on training and talent management, United
players and coaching staff will also wear Aon-branded training kits at all
friendly and competitive domestic fixtures, as well as during training
Aon, which has its global headquarters in London, will also be the Presenting
Partner of all Manchester United pre-season tours for the next eight years,
including Tour 2013 presented by Aon in Asia Pacific.
Announcing the partnership, Commercial Director Richard Arnold said:
“I am delighted that this cements our relationship with Aon for a further
eight years. They are a great partner and I am very excited about the
possibilities for sustainable advantage this provides the Club as we build our
“Aon knows that every employee, including the first team, drives the success
of our Club. The Aon Training Complex is all about winning and preparing
individuals, identifying talent and performing at the highest level to achieve
success. Aon serves clients with unwavering focus on high performance,
training and execution, an approach that mirrors the way we prepare here at
Phil Clement, Aon’s Global Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, said:
“This announcement is the next step in the evolution of our partnership with
Manchester United. Together, Aon and Manchester United have been working on
two critical issues for a growing global business – managing risk and highly
“The first phase of our relationship brought Aon an explosion in brand
awareness. This phase of our partnership is a more holistic approach where we
can use our expertise and create a global dialogue and knowledge share around
the fields of talent, healthcare, risk, retirement, and data and analytics to
help deliver great performance and great results.
“As a business our ambition is to empower economic and human possibility and
our partnership with Manchester United is the ideal way to do this.
“It is a privilege for Aon to be associated with the world-famous Manchester
United training facility. As a symbol of innovation and excellence in the
world of sport, it is revered around the world. We have the utmost admiration
and respect for the 800 team members at Manchester United and the work they do
and look forward to working with them to help build sustainable performance
around the world, like we do for all our clients.”
This year’s Tour 2013 presented by Aon will focus on engaging with the Club’s
325 million followers in Asia Pacific and regions where Aon has a strong base
of operations. The Tour 2013 involves matches in Bangkok, Sydney, Yokohama,
Osaka and Hong Kong as Manchester United and Aon continue to take their
partnership to every corner of the world.
In addition, Aon and Manchester United will be dedicated to extending the
principles of the work at the Aon Training Complex by innovating with partners
and sharing ideas through The Manchester United Business Network, a global
programme of research projects, exclusive business events and seminars for
senior executives, addressing critical issues in the economy. Aon’s work with
the Manchester United Foundation engages both organisations in a shared
mission to help communities at risk and empower people across the globe.
About Manchester United
Manchester United is one of the most popular and successful sports teams in
the world, playing one of the most popular spectator sports on Earth. Through
our 135-year heritage we have won 60 trophies, enabling us to develop the
world’s leading sports brand and a global community of 659 million followers.
Our large, passionate community provides Manchester United with a worldwide
platform to generate significant revenue from multiple sources, including
sponsorship, merchandising, product licensing, new media & mobile,
broadcasting and match day.
Aon plc is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and
reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services.
Through its more than 65,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower
results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and effective risk
and people solutions and through industry-leading global resources and
technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the world's best broker,
best insurance intermediary, reinsurance intermediary, captives manager and
best employee benefits consulting firm by multiple industry sources. Visit
http://www.aon.com for more information on Aon and
http://www.aon.com/manchesterunited to learn about Aon's global partnership
and shirt sponsorship with Manchester United.
Manchester United plc
Philip Townsend, +44 (0) 161 868 8148
David Bogg, +44 (0) 207 522 4016
David Prosperi, +1 312 381 2485
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