Cape Town - The Willowton group today announced that they will be
extending the Sunfoil Test Cricket event sponsorship for another two seasons,
commencing with the upcoming Sunfoil Test Series between the Standard Bank
Proteas and New Zealand.
Sunfoil first entered into partnership with Cricket South
Africa (CSA) in the 2011/2012 season and have remained partners ever since.
The relationship has seen value for both parties and Sunfoil
will have a further option to extend once the contract period comes to an end
at the conclusion of the 2017/2018 season.
“This is wonderful news for South African cricket,”
commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “The Sunfoil sponsorship impacts
on all levels of our cricket from Test cricket to franchise and
semi-professional cricket and right down to cricket development through the
Sunfoil Education Trust.
“We are blessed to have sponsors who see the bigger picture
of including a strong social responsibility initiative in their overall
We are excited to continue as the event title sponsor of the
Sunfoil Test Series for the fifth consecutive season commencing August 2016,”
said Zubeir Moosa, Willowton Group Chief Executive Officer. “The renewed
success and entertainment provided by international Test cricket, has set the
Sunfoil Test Series up to be the tournament to watch this season, with some
exciting young talent looking to make their mark in the Proteas Test side,”
“The relationship between
Sunfoil and Proteas Test cricket continues to grow and deliver some amazing
results for the brand. It has been an exciting journey that has helped propel
Sunfoil into the hearts and minds of the South African public. Together with
the Proteas we are now really cooking.”
Through its partnership with CSA, cricket development has
also seen a major boost with the launch of the Sunfoil Education Trust. To
date, over R3,5-Million has been raised which has contributed to close to 20
disadvantaged students receiving full bursaries to attend cricket schools
around the country.
And it’s the players that contribute to the fund as their
efforts with the bat and ball ensure that Sunfoil contribute R1000 for every 4,
R2000 for every 6 and R2500 for every wicket during all home test matches.
“It’s great that we can contribute to such a worthy cause,”
said Proteas Test Captain, AB de Villiers. “We would like to make a difference
and add value to any young cricketer’s career, and Sunfoil allows us to do this
by playing the game we love.
“It’s a great initiative and I would like to challenge all
my teammates to give it their best and fight for the top spot on the Sunfoil
Education Trust Leaderboard this season,” added de Villiers.
Last season, Sunfoil also added great incentives into
Franchise cricket by announcing a whopping R2 Million winner’s cheque for the
Sunfoil Series. The same prize will be up for grabs with the total prize pool
for the tournament over R3 Million.
The Sunfoil season officially commences this Friday with the
start of the first Sunfoil Test between the Proteas and Black Caps in Durban.
The first round of fixtures in both the four-day Sunfoil
Series and the Sunfoil Provincial three-day Cup get underway on 06 October 2016.