Added: (Thu Feb 15 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Premiership football club, Southampton, has awarded Centerprise International – the Basingstoke-based 127m custom PC manufacturer – a major contract to equip its new 32,000-seater stadium with the very latest high tech facilities. Southampton FC has also confirmed Centerprise as the Inaugural Founding Partner of the club’s new stadium and the ‘headline sponsor’ of the Southampton FC Academy.

As the club’s Official Supplier of IT and Office Equipment, Centerprise will be responsible for supplying a wide range of IT-related equipment including the installation of over 100 PCs and monitors. The new 32m stadium, located at St Mary’s, is one of the most technologically advanced stadiums in Europe and is scheduled to open in time for the start of the 2001/2002 season in August this year.

Commenting on the contract, Paul Blanchard, Head of Marketing, Southampton FC, said, "I am delighted with the new partnership and looking forward to working closely with Centerprise over the next three years. It's a tremendous brand positioning and business opportunity for both Centerprise and ourselves.”

Centerprise is also the official sponsor of Southampton FC’s new under 18’s ‘Academy’ shirts and is providing funding for its rising stars, who represent the
life blood of the club. These include key players such as 16 year old Brian Howard, who has been called up for the England under-18 training camp and 16 year old Mark Peters who has just been signed up for a full term contract with Southampton’s premiership team.

Concluding, Stuart Green, Strategic Director, Centerprise, said, “With large clients such as the NHS, MOD and many Local Education Authorities, Centerprise has both the manufacturing capability and IT expertise to handle large contracts such as this. Our perimeter board advertising around the new stadium, which also comes as part of the sponsorship deal, will be seen by millions of viewers and will do much to raise the profile of Centerprise as the Number 1 custom-PC manufacturer and Southampton FC’s sole supplier of IT and office equipment.”

Further information on Centerprise can be obtained from James Murdock, Marketing Manager, Centerprise International Limited, Hampshire International Business Park, Lime Tree Way, Chineham, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 8GQ. Tel: 01256 378087 Fax: 01256 322514 Email: james.murdock@centerprise.co.uk

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