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London 2012: Name The Ball Competition

February 21, 2011

Official Sportswear Partner of London 2012, adidas, is offering the UK public a once in a lifetime opportunity by inviting them to name the official football that will be used at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

While adidas have marketing and licensing rights to London 2012, providing kit for the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association in London 2012 as well as providing sportswear to Games Officials, London 2012 staff and volunteers, Adidas must design the brand new London 2012 football.

The brand new football will celebrate the historic occasion and adidas have a design but is challenging people to come up with a name for the ball.

The design of the ball will remain under wraps until the launch in Spring 2012, where one lucky winner will become part of Olympic Games football history and will have their suggested name printed on the ball. The winner will also be involved in the official launch of the ball (Spring 2012), be one of the first people to get presented with a London 2012 football and also win two tickets to the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley.

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Jack Rodwell, Everton FC and England U21 star, said: “It’s really exciting for all in football to have the Olympic and Paralympic Games coming to London in 2012. The Games capture the whole world’s attention and it’ll be amazing to have the finest sportsmen and women competing in Britain. I would be proud to be involved and represent Team GB as competing in an Olympics on home soil is without a doubt, a once in lifetime opportunity.

As far as a name suggestion goes, I would call the football ‘The Quest’ as competing and winning the Olympics is a real sporting journey.”

Nick Craggs, Marketing Director for adidas UK, said: “The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be truly momentous occasions and we want to offer up this unique honour and opportunity to a member of the UK public. I am very much looking forward to seeing the suggestions and helping to choose a name befitting of such an occasion.”

Chairman of the 2012 Games, Sebastian Coe, said: “The Olympic Football tournament will see some of the world’s best young players competing in this country and millions of people can be part of it when tickets go on sale from March 15. However one lucky person will make a real mark on the tournament by naming the ball – what an opportunity to be part of Olympic history.”

An expert panel will narrow down the entries to a shortlist of 10 and, from this top 10, one winner will be picked.

To stand a chance of your name being picked, enter your suggestion at www.adidas.co.uk/nametheball – closing date for entries midnight 28th February 2011.

Keep up to date with the competition and all adidas news on the official twitter feed @adidasuk.

Emma Paton, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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