· * University of Wolverhampton to become Principal Sponsor of the Wolves Academy
· * Three-year deal will see up to fifteen University of Wolverhampton Internship roles created at the Club
The University of Wolverhampton has signed a major agreement with Wolves to become the Principal Sponsor of the Club’s Academy.
The six figure deal, which lasts for the next three seasons, will see the University’s logo positioned on the front of all the Academy age groups playing shirts, up to and including the u18s side.
The University will also have a variety of advertising inventory at the Wolves Academy and their branding will also become a regular sight at Molineux from the beginning of the 2014/2015 season.
Also, in a boost for the graduate jobs market in the City, around fifteen internships will be provided across the Club, specifically for University of Wolverhampton graduates.
The roles will cover areas such as Sports Science, Medical, Media and Commercial specialisms and will provide a unique, and long-term, football club to university link.
Jez Moxey, Chief Executive, Wolves, said, “Wolves and the University of Wolverhampton have been strategic partners in the City for many years.
“We’re delighted they have chosen to formalise this relationship by becoming Principal Sponsors of the Academy, rated amongst the top youth development set-ups in the country.
“The University is a huge asset to the City as one of the country’s most successful educational institutions and the construction of their new Business School and Science buildings highlight some of the exciting developments they have underway.
“We have worked together on many successful projects in the past, both as partners in the Compton Park redevelopment project and promoting Wolverhampton to various organisations both at home and abroad.
“Therefore, this agreement is a natural extension of that long standing relationship and, of course, there are many synergies to be had between a leading University and a Club which, via the Wolves Academy, invests so much time in the education and development of its players.
“The timing is also perfect with the construction of the Wolves Academy and indoor facility set for completion in September 2014 and we look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with the University via this new, exciting partnership.
Professor Ian Oakes, University of Wolverhampton Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and External Engagement, said: “We are delighted to be associated with Wolves and in particular to be supporting the development and education of its young players at the brand new training academy.
“The University of Wolverhampton and Wolves are two of the most recognisable and prominent organisations in the region; both bringing huge inward economic investment into Wolverhampton and the Black Country.
“As the University of Opportunity we are extremely pleased that this agreement will lead to work experience, placement and internship opportunities for our students and graduates.
“It will give them vital insight into how a multi-million pound business works and enhance their skills and experience.
“Like the University, Wolves works to support local communities both at home and internationally so it is an ideal partnership for us.
“We already work closely with the club on a number of initiatives and we see this as a natural step which reinforces our relationship further.”
Professor Oakes is pictured with Academy Manager Gareth Prosser and Under-16s player Sam Phillips.
* There are currently four graduate bursary opportunities available with Wolves covering the full fees. For further information, please click here.