Originally published by Manila Times Online
ALLLIANZ PNB Life and the United City Football Club (UCFC) look forward to another year of partnership after the renewal of their contract last March 14.
"Allianz is very proud to be working with UCFC again, one of the best Filipino football teams in the country," says Alexander Grenz, president and chief executive officer of Allianz PNB Life.
"Globally, we remain dedicated to celebrating the exciting sport of football, and we believe that this partnership will help us in reaching more Filipinos and encouraging a deeper, more fervent interest in this sport," adds Grenz.
Established in 2021, UCFC is the four-time reigning champion of the Philippines Football League (PFL). The team is also the first Filipino club to enter the group stages of the 2021 AFC Champions League, winning against the Chinese Super League powerhouse, Beijing FC.
"We are very grateful to Allianz for their continued support. In spite of the difficulties we have faced because of the pandemic, interest for the sport here in the Philippines only keeps growing, and we believe partnering with Allianz will amplify the awareness and enthusiasm for football," says Eric Gottschalk, co-founder and president of UCFC.
On the other hand, Allianz PNB Life has been a long-time supporter of football and futsal.
Together with UCFC, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Moran Foundation, it has launched a nationwide online challenge for young Filipino amateur football and futsal players, called "Kickoff!: The Allianz PNB Life virtual football and futsal mastery challenge."
Allianz is also the recipient of a silver award for its National Youth Futsal Invitational at the 2019 Sports Industry Awards Asia while supporting the 10th Asean Para Games bid of the Philippines' first cerebral palsy football team, the CP Rascals.
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