Brand Partnerships In Sports: The 2024 UEFA European Championship

12th June 2024

As a lifelong football fan, I am immensely excited about the 2024 UEFA European Championship this summer. 

It officially kicks off at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on June 14th, with a match between the hosts, Germany, one of the favourites in the sports tournament, and Scotland, who had an impressive qualifying campaign to reach the finals. 

A big football tournament is a unique opportunity for brands to generate sales and raise awareness for their own benefit to reach a substantial and captive audience gripped by the drama and excitement of ‘football fever’ that promises to sweep the nation during the sports tournament. 

Ahead of the tournament in a couple of weeks, we take a look at some of the official and unofficial brand partnerships and promotions that are leveraging the EURO 2024 hype through their consumer-facing communications and marketing.

They include:

  1. Lidl
  2. Hellmann’s
  3. Unilever (Sure, Dove, Lynx and Radox)
  4. BYD
  5. Coca-Cola
  6. WWF

1. Lidl

Lidl launched its “We’re On Your Team” UEFA Euro 2024 campaign back in March. Lidl Kids Team programme, a campaign to give children the chance to be an official UEFA EURO 2024 player escort. 

The prize-draw-style competition ran between March 28th and 17th of April. Parents/guardians could enter exclusively via an entry form on the Lidl Plus App to be in with a chance to win. 

This incredible prize also included air travel to the UEFA EURO 2024 in Germany for the successful winning parent/guardian and their child, along with accommodation, plus various other fun EURO 2024-related experiences.

2. Hellmann’s

Hellmann’s, an official BBQ Partner of UEFA Euro 2024, launched limited-edition bottles across 12 SKUs, including mayonnaise, tomato ketchup and its flavoured range, to drive sales and trial throughout the six months of BBQ season. 

Tapping into the nation’s football frenzy, the brand launched its “Up Your BBQ Game” with the England team’s own Jack Grealish as the face of their campaign.

They activated through the line, including content such as the ultimate “Grealish Burger”, a prize draw offering consumers the chance to win a trip for 2 to the UEFA EURO 2023 Semi Final in Munich on 9th July, and an experiential amplification activation featuring giant Hellmann’s bottles in major London train stations.

The prize draw competition encouraged consumers to scan a QR code found in Tesco stores or on the Hellmann’s website and upload photos of their “most creative Hellmann’s sandwich” to be in with a chance of winning the semi-final tickets.

3. Unilever (Sure, Dove, Lynx and Radox)

The prize draw to win EURO Semi-Finals tickets will also feature across official partner Unilever personal care brands such as Sure, Dove, Lynx and Radox

Consumers can pick up any qualifying Unilever personal care products, scan the QR code on display promotional material, and fill in the online form. 

This also ran alongside a non-purchase-to-win Semi-Final Tickets competition promoted via the Sure UK Instagram page, driving entrants to an online entry form page here.

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4. BYD

 BYD, the battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric automobile brand, is an official partner of UEFA EURO 2024.

They are running a through-the-line campaign across their comms.

This includes a variety of EUROs-related content, driving customers online to follow their social channels, such as Instagram, to be in with the chance to win tickets to the tournament.

5. Coca-Cola

 Another official partner of UEFA EURO 2024, Coca-Cola, is giving pubgoers across the UK the chance to win a host of football-themed prizes in the run-up to the tournament. 

Running for five weeks from 10th June, consumers can scan QR codes on limited edition 330ml glass icon bottles of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, taking them to the Coke App to enter a prize draw. 

Consumers could get their hands on Adidas training tops, Coca-Cola-branded footballs, and cups daily. Everyone who enters the promotion will also be added to a draw for an ultimate VIP final fan fest experience at BOXPARK to watch the tournament’s final game. 

But for those not likely to venture into a pub to watch the football, there is also an “Endless Summer” on-pack promotion on single and multipacks of Coca-Cola Original and Zero Sugar packs, giving shoppers the chance to win one of 295 pairs of tickets across UEFA EURO 2024.

6. WWF

 WWF, the World Wide Fund for Nature, is also getting in on the act and adding some additional excitement to this year’s tournament. 

Head to their website to download their EURO 2024 sweepstake kit and plenty of other inspiring football-based fundraising activities, such as wearing your kit to work day or info about how to host a charity football match. 

This is a fantastic way for all ages to join in on the fun and excitement of the tournament whilst doing your bit to help build a better future for the environment and wildlife.  

 

At the time of writing this, we are two weeks away from the start of the tournament, and there will be plenty more unofficial and “ambush” brand partnership examples that are not featured here that will maximise the general buzz and excitement surrounding the sport.

I personally cannot wait and will be overly enthusiastically cheering on Kane, Bellingham, and co! COME ON ENGLAND!

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