In an action-filled day for junior members of the Amp Futbol Polska and Fair Play Organisations, Hankook surprised a group of children with tickets to the UEFA Europa League final in Gdańsk.
Hankook Continue to Make Dreams Come True for Eager Football Fans
Hankook has continued its partnership with UEFA and this year’s UEFA Europa League by surprising a selection of children from two non-profit organisations aimed at promoting inclusivity in football. The first, Amp Futbol Polska helps children with amputations and physical disabilities play football, while the Fair Play Programme works on empowering females to participate in the beautiful game. As well as watching the Villareal CF-Manchester United F.C. final, the lucky attendees also had the opportunity to pose for pictures with legendary Polish goalkeeper, Jerzy Dudek, as well as an exclusive photography session with the trophy.
Hankook’s role as an official partner of the UEFA Europa League means that the company normally offers children from all over Europe the unique opportunity to take on a role as centre circle carrier before the round of 16, quarter and semi-finals before watching the matches live in the stadium. As most of the UEFA Europa League 2020/21 matches took place behind closed doors due to the pandemic, this was not possible. However, in order to create a unique experience for the young fans, Hankook had backpacks made from the current centre circle banner tarp and donated them, filled with various gifts and a total of 60 tickets for the final, to Amp Futbol Polska and Fair Play Program.
Hankook has been involved as one of the main sponsors of the UEFA Europa League since the 2012/2013 season, and is the competition’s longest-standing partner. The UEFA Europa League is considered one of the biggest competitions of its kind in the world, with more than 60 million spectators tuning in to the final. Hankook intends to continue its long-standing partnership with the UEFA Europa League in the years to come, with the tyre manufacturer’s sponsorship campaigns including a variety of Europe-wide activations and initiatives throughout the season.
“The passion and emotion involved in football connect us all together and reflects Hankook’s motto “Driving Emotion”, says Sanghoon Lee, President of Hankook Tire Europe. “Especially during this pandemic, social commitment is more important than ever. Our partnership with the UEFA Europa League allows us to safely provide a unique sporting experience for children despite the current circumstances and restrictions.” Beate Mierkowska from Fair Play Program explains: “It’s a great day for the children. They’ve been so excited since the beginning, when the news came in, so a big thank you to Hankook and the UEFA Foundation for this amazing experience.”