Premier League: Sunderland sign partnership with African company Acacia Mining
North-East based Sunderland AFC have agreed a partnership deal with Acacia Mining.
The Premier League strugglers will work with local teams in the north-west Tanzanian districts Kahama and Tarime as the club supports the company in its corporate social responsibility activities.
Sunderland commercial director Gary Hutchinson said the following, "We are thrilled to further build upon our strong links with Tanzania thanks to this unique and exciting partnership with Acacia Mining," before going on to saying, "We have already implemented a number of significant community-based work across Africa, with particular emphasis on Tanzania and the club is making great."
With headquarters in London, Acacia Mining operates gold mining exploration sites in Tanzania, Kenya, Burkino Faso and Mali. Vice president of corporate affairs for Acacia Mining, Deo Mwanyika, said "This partnership is one of many community development programmes Acacia is conducting at our three mines. We understand the importance of early education and talent building let it be in the class room or on a football pitch; we see this programme providing that opportunity for our young to learn from professionals at the same time develop their passion and talent in football."
Sunderland are currently struggling in the Premier League relegation zone, sitting 18th in the table following a 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.