SANFL MEDIA RELEASE
SANFL’s umpires rely on excellent eyesight to call the play and thanks to a new three-year major partnership with National Pharmacies all 600 umpires will benefit from ongoing optical support through National Pharmacies Optical.
National Pharmacies has many long-standing relationships with various South Australian sporting clubs, currently supporting almost 50 local sporting clubs through their store network. National Pharmacies Optical will now show that same support to SANFL through its new partnership, which will also include free eye screenings for SANFL umpires at clinics and development days.
SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson said the League was looking forward to working with National Pharmacies Optical to ensure the continued development of SANFL umpires.
“It’s wonderful to have a local South Australian brand, rich in history, support the League with a specific focus on our umpires,” Mr Parkinson said.
“SANFL manages more than 600 umpires within the League. That’s more than 400 umpires across junior football and another 200 umpiring reserves and seniors, so the sponsorship will go a long way.”
National Pharmacies Managing Director Tony Wojciechowski said both National Pharmacies and National Pharmacies Optical have strived to support the local community and its members for over 100 years.
“On behalf of our members we’re now proud to be supporting SANFL and its umpires through this partnership,” he said.
“We hope this will remind players, supporters and everyone involved to look after their eye health, have regular eye tests. We want to ensure everyone, including umpires, can see the ball and scoreboard clearly.”
The National Pharmacies Optical sponsorship will also support grassroots footy through the essential development of junior umpires within the League.