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Coral unveiled as main sponsor of Wigan Warriors

| 10.11.2014

Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club announced today that it had signed a deal with leading UK bookmaker, Coral, to become its Official Main Sponsor for the 2015 season.

Under the terms of the sponsorship Coral will be the main shirt sponsor, with the Coral logo appearing on the front of the Wigan Warriors home and away, playing and replica kits. Coral will also receive LED advertising at each of Wigan Warriors’ home games.

Wigan Warriors’ Sales Director, Geoff Warburton, said: “We are ecstatic to be welcoming such a distinguished company as Coral into the Wigan Club and the sport of Rugby League.

“As a forward thinking company, Coral have adapted to the online betting market exceptionally well and are exactly the kind of organisation that will help drive the brand of Wigan Rugby League forward.

“With 1,800 shops across the United Kingdom coupled with millions of online customers, it is clear that the Warriors will receive exposure on a scale that we haven’t seen before. We hope that this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship for both parties.”

The Warriors are the most successful Rugby League club in the world, they were the 2013 Super League and Challenge Cup Winners and they have the biggest fan base in the country.

Matt Prevost, Coral Interactive Marketing Director, said today, “This is Coral’s first sponsorship venture into Rugby League, so we are delighted to be partnering with the most successful Rugby League club in Britain.

“Rugby League has a significant, dedicated and passionate fan-base many of whom enjoy betting on their sport, so strategically this sponsorship deal makes a lot of sense. The Coral online business is enjoying sector-leading growth and sports sponsorships like this exciting venture with Wigan Warriors are an important factor in delivering that success,” added Prevost.

In order to celebrate the new partnership, Coral will be offering special bets on Wigan to punters, including 3/1 on Wigan winning the Grand Final and 5/1 on Josh Charnley being the Top Regular Season Tryscorer.

Coral is one of the leading bookmakers in the UK with 21% market share of retail betting, operating 1,800 betting shops and employing 10,000 people.

Coral is also the fastest growing of the top three UK operators. Visitors to coral.co.uk were up 60% on last year with stakes up 92% whilst profit in Coral’s retail business is up 4% on 2013.

** Wigan Warriors’ Special Bets **

Coral is offering the following special bets on Wigan:

3/1 Wigan to win the Grand Final

4/1 Wigan to win the Challenge Cup

14/1 Wigan to win Challenge Cup & Grand Final

33/1 Wigan to win Challenge Cup, Regular Season & Grand Final

5/1 Josh Charnley Top Regular Season Tryscorer

7/1 Joe Burgess Top Regular Season Tryscorer

20/1 Sean O’Loughlin Super League Man of Steel


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Simon Clare

Simon Clare joined Coral in 1997 as Racecourse PR representative and was
promoted to Coral PR Director in October 2002. Between 2008 to 2011 Clare
added Trading to his responsibilities in a new role as Coral Trading & PR
Director. In 2011 he relinquished his Trading responsibilities and assumed a
new wider role of PR & Broadcast Director responsible for all Coral Public
Relations activity, CoralTV and Social Media. Clare has extensive broadcast
experience on radio and television commenting on a diverse range of betting events from the obvious - horse racing, football and sport - to the more obscure - politics, reality TV, showbiz and the weather.
Simon Clare is a keen sports fan, still turning out for Carshalton FC on a
Saturday when work allows.