Water giant backs Mariners’ Asian ambitions

CENTRAL Coast Mariners’ AFC Champions League kits for their forthcoming two-legged tie against China’s Guangzhou Evergrande will feature a new sponsor with Tibet 5100 Spring Water signing on to display on the front of the team’s playing shirts.

CENTRAL Coast Mariners- AFC Champions League kits for their forthcoming two-legged tie against China-s Guangzhou Evergrande will feature a new sponsor with Tibet 5100 Spring Water signing on to display on the front of the team-s playing shirts.

Listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Company Code: 1115.HK), Tibet 5100 Spring Water is a leading provider of premium bottled mineral water in China.

The company collects its spring water at the pristine Nianqing Donggula Mountains in Tibet, bottling close to the source before distributing the product around an extensive Chinese network.

Tibet 5100 Spring Water possess a strategic partnership with Air China, as well as China-s High-Speed Railway - the latter ensuring the company-s product reaches over 200 million passengers annually.

Now Tibet 5100 Spring Water is well placed to achieve strong exposure in their key Chinese market courtesy of their sponsorship with the 2013 A- League Champions.

Indeed, according to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Guangzhou Evergrande-s one-off round of 16 clash with Japan-s FC Tokyo was the most watched game in the first half of the prestigious annual club competition last year.

The fixture, played at Guangzhou-s Tianhe Stadium in front of 39,560 fans in May 2012, recorded a total global audience close to 59 million viewers, with an average of 13.5 million people watching in China itself.

Given the Mariners play Marcello Lippi-s Evergrande outfit both home and away in the round of 16 over the next eight days, the Mariners as well as Tibet 5100 Spring Water can expect to be exposed to similarly impressive viewing figures in the Middle Kingdom and worldwide.

Central Coast Mariners Chairman and Group General Manager, Mr Peter Turnbull, said the enormity of the anticipated television audience was recognised by the management of Tibet 5100 Spring Water.

“The management team from Tibet 5100 Spring Water understand the interest and importance of the AFC Champions League to Chinese football fans,” Mr Turnbull said.

“It is gratifying from a Club point of view that a company the size of Tibet 5100 Spring Water sees the Mariners as worthy partners in Asia.”

“We hope that this partnership will be a long lasting one, and that our commercial links with Asia will accelerate following the most successful season in our history.”

“As part of the deal Tibet 5100 Spring Water will have first option to retain the property should the Club advance to the last eight of the 2013 AFC Champions League.”

Mr Fu Lin, Chief Executive Officer of Tibet 5100 Spring Water, said: “It is our pleasure to support one of the best football clubs in Asia. We wish Central Coast Mariners the best of luck and great success in the 2013 AFC Champions League.”

To find out more about Tibet 5100 Spring Water, please visit www.5100.net.

Central Coast Mariners (AUS) vs. Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN) 2013 AFC Champions League Round of 16 First-Leg Wednesday 15 May, 2013 Central Coast Stadium, Gosford Kick-off: 7:30pm Tickets: Please CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to the match Twitter: Join the match conversation on Twitter. The official hash tag for the game is #CCMvGE