Community Engagement and Volunteering focus of unique sponsorship programme
Entain, the global sports betting, gaming and interactive entertainment group, and the Trident Leagues are delighted to announce a multi-year extension of their groundbreaking, community sports investment-based partnership. The extension will provide critical funding in the coming years, backed by the Entain Foundation under the ‘Pitching In’ banner, for the 248 clubs that make up the Northern Premier, Isthmian and Southern leagues – collectively known as the Pitching In Trident Leagues, which make up steps three and four of the national league system.
Initially launched in 2020 the Pitching In partnership was specifically created to provide the financial investment required, to not only to ensure the successful operation of the leagues through the Covid-19 pandemic, but to enable individual clubs to engage with their local communities and make a positive social impact.
The Pitching In partnership has been designed from the ground up to deepen links between clubs and their local communities. The successful delivery of this aim has been supported by two major initiatives, the Trident Community Fund (“TCF”) and the Pitching In Volunteer Hub, both which, will see further investment as the partnership continues.
In December 2020 Entain became the founding partner of the TCF, investing £150k every year specifically to enable clubs to engage in a wide range of vital community-based projects and invest in their local areas. To date over 65 grants of up to £5,000 have been made with a focus on strengthening community relations. Successful projects include: programmes to enable disadvantaged children to participate in football; youth, women’s and disability coaching schemes; community fitness clubs; walking football for older generations; first aid and steward training; youth development schemes and; mental health support. (See notes for editors for TCF case studies).
In May 2022, Entain unveiled the Pitching In Volunteer Hub, a unique online portal that has become a one-stop-shop for every Trident League club to connect football fans with potential volunteers. The Volunteer Hub provides a simple web-based interface through which clubs are able to post volunteering vacancies, while fans can search for available opportunities either at a specific club or based on their location. (See notes for editors for volunteering case studies).
Stuart Pearce, the former England legend and captain, who famously spent over five years in non-league football as a Wealdstone FC player, will continue to serve as the Pitching In ambassador. Commenting on the launch, Pearce said:
“This is fabulous news not only for the Pitching In Trident Leagues themselves but for football in general. It provides a vital injection of cash to help the leagues to thrive but, perhaps even more importantly, it is helping to bring the clubs and their local communities together.
“The Trident Community Fund is just a brilliant initiative to allow cubs to really connect with their local people while the Volunteer Hub is a real gamechanger for promoting volunteering at the community level.”
Entain CEO, Jette Nygaard-Andersen said: “We are truly proud of what we have achieved with Pitching In and our partnership with the Trident Leagues, particularly in the positive impact it is having on grass roots sports and for social engagement.
“Through the Entain Foundation we are committed to making a positive contribution to grassroots and community sport, which plays such a huge role in the lives of our customers.”
In a joint statement, the Pitching In Trident League Chairs – Nick Robinson, Isthmian League), Mark Harris (Northern Premier League) and Anthony Hughes (Southern League) said:
“We couldn’t be more pleased that Entain are extending their Pitching In partnership with us. This is truly unlike any other sponsorship that we have been involved in. The entire focus of the programme is around how, together, we can help clubs to develop and deepen their engagement with local communities.
“The TCF and Volunteer Hub are fantastic examples of their commitment to non-league football and how it can make a positive difference in people’s lives.”
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ACX, the leading environmental markets exchange, is pleased to announce that it has won the Environmental Finance 2023 Best Voluntary Carbon Market Exchange award for the 3rd year running.
Votes by active market participants determine the winners of the Environmental Finance awards. This third win cements ACX’s position as the top-tier provider of environmental market trading.
“We are constantly improving and questioning our systems and strategies. I believe this is central to winning this award for the 3rd year running. We are always adapting, questioning, and learning. This keeps us nimble and humble. It is this mix that enables us to improve and reach new heights. I would like to thank our clients and colleagues who voted for us. You can rest assured that we will continue to push the envelope.” said William Pazos, co-CEO and co-Founder of ACX.
ACX would like to express its gratitude for the support it has received from those voting in the awards, and to Environmental Finance for showcasing the transformative work in the voluntary carbon market sector.
The exchange would also like to take this opportunity to thank Enterprise Singapore – a statutory board under Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry – for their continuous support. Enterprise Singapore has been a valued partner to ACX and played a critical role in supporting the early development of our platform.
The ACX team would also like to offer its thanks to Deutsche Börse AG for their support as shareholders.
“AirCarbon Exchange has played a key role by pioneering the Voluntary Carbon Market, with its fully digital carbon trading platform built on blockchain technology – enabling financial impact at greater scale on decarbonisation efforts. Sustainability requires a global effort, and we’re proud to work with such a collaborative industry partner in carbon markets,” notes Peter Reitz, CEO at EEX.
Last but not least, ACX would like to thank its growing team for working tirelessly with integrity, professionalism, and care to provide an ever improving and smoother service.
The award is the culmination of another busy year at ACX, with the exchange continuing to build new partnerships and expand its operations globally.
The ACX team’s relentless pursuit of excellence has led to significant milestones:
- September 2023: Partnership with Athens Stock Exchange (ATHEX) in Greece to develop Carbon Market in the region
- July 2023: Partnership with EcoRegistry, a blockchain-based registry platform, and Cercarbono, a voluntary carbon market standards group, to enhance carbon offsetting accessibility
- April 2023: Collaboration with Japan’s Natural Capital Credit Consortium to revitalize the carbon credit market, including boosting carbon market activity in Japan
- March 2023: A groundbreaking partnership with StoneX to launch a US digital carbon marketplace
More announcements will be made soon, with ACX continuing to make strides to grow its partnerships and provide new and better services for its users to facilitate the vital journey towards net zero.
Learn more about this year’s Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings and ACX’s win in this article by Environmental Finance.
Jonas Warrer appointed acting group CEO of GiG
Following September’s announcement of Richard Brown stepping down from the role of CEO, the GiG Board of Directors has appointed Jonas Warrer as the acting group CEO effective from today. Jonas Warrer is currently the CEO of GiG’s Media division and will take on dual responsibility until the proposed process of the entities split is complete. Richard Brown will continue to support the business in an advisory board position until 31st December 2023 while the Platform & Sportbook division has secured strong leadership of Richard Carter, appointed as its CEO back in August.
Mr Warrer joined GiG in September 2017 through the acquisition of Rebel Penguin Aps, where he was founder and managing director. He has since worked to build up GiG Media, stepping up as Managing Director for the business unit since October 2019. GiG Media has seen a strong and impressive development under his leadership.
GiG initiated a strategic review earlier this year with the intention to split the Company into two separate companies, GiG Media and Platform & Sportsbook, giving the business units the potential to grow faster than in the current corporate structure.
Petter Nylander, Executive Chairman of GiG says: “We are very pleased to appoint Jonas as acting CEO through the process of splitting GiG into two distinct entities to enhance future expansion and drive shareholder value, in addition to his role as head of GiG Media. He has long experience within GiG and the industry and has been part of GiG’s executive management for 4 years”.
For further information, please contact:
Petter Nylander, Executive Chairman of GiG, [email protected] +46 76 525 09 55
Pariplay® set for North American showcase with aggregation webinar
NeoGames S.A (Nasdaq: NGMS) subsidiary Pariplay®, the leading aggregator and content provider, is set to ramp up its preparation for G2E by hosting two webinars focused on the power of aggregation in North American markets.
Ran by VP of North America, Shivan Patel, and Ashley Bloor, Director of Partnerships, the discussion will look at how aggregation platforms can revolutionise North American gaming offerings, as well as how localised content developed by in-house, or boutique studios can gain cut through in the saturated market.
In addition, there will be insightful conversation regarding compliance, licences, and various ways aggregation offerings can assist with strategic expansion plans, by utilising local knowledge.
Shivan Patel, VP of North America at Pariplay®, said: “The potential of the North American market is still really only just being tapped, and with a number of major conferences coming up, not least G2E, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share some of the insight we have gathered since being live in the continent.
“We can’t wait to explore the opportunities over the course of the two webinars, and look forward to the discussion.”
Ashley Bloor, Head of Partnerships at Pariplay, said: “Pariplay®’s aggregation platform offers us unique insight into operator successes, player preferences, and so much more, and we think this webinar series gives up the perfect opportunity to share our learnings and support the industry.
“From compliance to content, it touches on a number of key sections of the market, and we’re looking forward to welcoming people to our webinar!”
The webinars will take place on Tuesday, 26th of September and Wednesday, 4th of October, at 4pm CET.
To register your interest, please visit this link – https://webinarkit.com/webinar/registration/64ee20692491b253a236f0f9
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