Bluesky comes to the rescue with $5m deal

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MUCH NEEDED HELP: P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi with Bluesky's Country Manager, Alex Abraham.

MUCH NEEDED HELP: P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi with Bluesky's Country Manager, Alex Abraham. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

Bluesky Samoa has come to the rescue of Samoan rugby once more.

Last night at the official of the launch of Invest Samoa and Bluesky sponsorship of Manu Samoa Sevens 2017-2020 at Hotel Tanoa Tusitala, the company announced a $5million deal.

The deal over four years is a combination of cash and services. 

The announcement was made by Bluesky Country Manager, Alex Abraham, during the same event where coach Sir Gordon Tietjens revealed his squad (see story in sports).

“Bluesky is indeed honoured to be the Major Sponsor of the Manu Samoa Sevens Team from now until 2020,” he said. 

“This is a reflection of our continued commitment and support to develop sports in Samoa. 

“Bluesky has had a long and fruitful relationship with S.R.U. and the Manu Samoa Sevens teams over the years. 

“Our relationship commenced in 2013 when Bluesky came on board for the first time. From that time onwards we have worked tirelessly with SRU to grow the sport. We further extended our support and not with limitation by being a part of the first ever All Blacks game in 2015 and thereafter the Blue vs Reds game this year. 

“We did not stop at that and carried on with supporting the Manu Samoa 15s whenever they played on our own soil.”

Mr. Abraham also highlighted the importance of keeping the faith in our teams, despite the recent results.

“Samoa bleeds blue and this is in our blood, it is the most loved sport. Even though the sport has had some bad times recently, we believe it is time to step in and invest in our beloved sport and team,” he said.

“It's not just about the players that go for each tournament. This sports talks to the future rugby stars of this country and it should inspire them to reach their potential and someday be able to wear the Blue Jersey in the global stage.”

According to Bluesky, the agreement is until 2020 during which time they will cover four seasons of the H.S.B.C. World Series / The Common wealth Games and the Sevens World cup next year. 

“We are confident that the current S.R.U. management and the Sevens team under the guidance of Sir Gordon Tietjens, will perform well,” he said. 

“The contracting of players is another sign of good governance to protect our players. In saying that, let's get together and support our young warriors to reach greater results.”

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