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The AFL and Coles announce major five-year partnership

The AFL and Coles announce major five-year partnership
February 7, 2020

The Australian Football League (AFL) have announced Coles as the Official Supermarket of the AFL and AFLW in an exclusive five-year deal.   

As the new premier partner of the AFL, Coles is investing in both women’s and men’s football from grassroots local footy to the elite professional game, with the alignment of a healthy lifestyle at the heart of the partnership.

Across the partnership, Coles and the AFL will work together and focus on issues that are of importance to both organisations, including health, nutrition, inclusion and community support, ensuring ‘Good things’ are prioritised at all levels of the game.  

The Coles red logo will also take centre stage on the centre circle from the start of the 2020 AFL Toyota Premiership Season. 

This bold new look which sees Coles take over the centre circle for every single AFL and AFLW match has drawn mixed comments from fans as AFL journalist Mitch Cleary shared on Twitter.

The change was announced yesterday (6th February) and is set to run for five AFL seasons.

In addition to the partnership, Coles will support the AFL’s State of Origin Bushfire Appeal Double Header, with Coles volunteers to assist with fundraising for the AFL’s Community Relief Fund, which will help rebuild and repair facilities at affected communities around Australia.

AFL General Manager Commercial Kylie Rogers welcomed the partnership with Coles and the extra support for the AFL’s Bushfire Community Relief Fund.  

Rogers noted “we are thrilled to be uniting with one of Australia’s most recognisable and trusted brands. The partnership is a natural fit, with both the AFL and Coles dedicated to giving back to local communities and providing opportunities for all Australians.

“Our commitment to each other ensures we can continue to invest back into our sport to promote participation and growth at all levels of the game.”  

Coles Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Ronson said the partnership would help promote the development of the game in communities across Australia.

Ronson added "as two Australian organisations with more than 100 years of history behind us, Coles is delighted to be embarking on this journey with the AFL family. Coles’ purpose to sustainably feed all Australians and help them live happier, healthier lives is very much aligned to the positive influence the AFL has across the country.

“This partnership will help make a positive difference to the enjoyment of the women’s and men’s games which are loved, played and watched by so many of our customers and team members.”

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