Sainsbury’s signals growing role of sponsorship

Sainsbury’s says sponsorship is growing in importance as part of its marketing strategy following its involvement in the London 2012 Paralympics.

Ellie Simmonds fronts Active Kids.

Sainsbury’s has today (7 February) relaunched its Active Kids schools programme with a number of digital and events-led elements as part of its Paralympics legacy activity.

Mark Given, Sainsbury’s head of brand communications, says the involvement in the Paralympics “whetted [Sainsbury’s] appetite” for sponsorship as a way to engage staff internally and customers indicating the supermarket will become more active in the sponsorship space. He added that the Paralympics actitivy built on the nine-year Active Kids sports programme.

Brand ambassadors David Beckham and Paralympic gold medalist Ellie Simmonds launched the Active Kids campaign for 2013 today. The supermarket is introducing the Active Kids Challenge which includes David Beckham’s 1-minute Challenge, a series of weekly accessible sports challenges kids will be encouraged to complete at school.

Children that complete all six week’s worth of challenges will win a chance to meet Beckham and Simmonds at Active Kids Live! a family festival style event Sainsbury’s will host in the summer.

Sainsbury’s is also planning a TV ad campaign to promote Active Kids. The ads, due to launch later this month, will focus on how memories of an active childhood stay with you into adulthood and will feature Beckham reminiscing about his first memories of sport.

Active Kids will also be supported by an ongoing mutlichannel campaign including press ads and digital activity.

Given, former O2 head of sponsorship, took on the newly created head of brand communications role last month, after being appointed in November.

He is responsible for all Sainsbury’s corporate brand communications as well as its sponsorship activity. It’s the first time that sponsorship has been brought under the remit of Sainsbury’s brand communications team.

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