by Erik Abrahamyan
Today Orange has announced the launch of a partnership with Shirak FC. The press service of Orange Armenia has told ArmInfo that in the frame of this cooperation Orange will support the 400 children of Shirak FC youth school providing them training uniforms. Orange will provide new sets of uniforms for trainings and official games, sport vests, as well as professional footwear to 175 children, representing Shirak in 5 championship of Armenia of various age categories.
"Orange puts a lot of importance in supporting children. Today we are glad to launch this partnership with Shirak FC, as it will enable us to ease the financial burden for Gyumri families and make football more affordable for citizens of Gyumri. We believe that it will, as well, contribute to the long term success of Shirak FC - the pride of any Gyumretsi - as the most talented members of this school are the future professional players of the club" said Francis Gelibter, General Director of Orange Armenia.
"This cooperation with Orange will be of great support to the development of football in Gyumri - a town with rich sports traditions. This step of Orange is very appreciated, as Shirak region, and in particular Gyumri, are among the most vulnerable in terms of social condition of the population. I believe this initiative will be greeted with excitement by the members of the Shirak youth school and by the Club in general. I hope this initiative will be the start of the developing cooperation between Orange and Shirak" mentioned Arman Sahakyan, the president of Shirak FC.
FC Shirak is one of the most famous Armenian football clubs. It was founded in 1958. The club have won 4 national championships (1992, 1994, 1999, 2012/2013), 1 cup title (2012) and 4 Armenian super-cups (1996, 1999, 2002, 2013):
Orange Armenia, 100% subsidiary of Orange Group, launched telecommunication services in Armenia on November 5, 2009. Since the start of its activities in Armenia Orange has made around 268MLN Euro investments in Armenia (including 51 MLN Euro contribution for the license) and now the company provides a full range of voice and data services in the cities and villages of Armenia, to more than 97% of the population.
Orange is an innovative and friendly brand in Armenia and within the short period of operation has leaded a range of innovations in the country, such as HD voice, which made Armenia the second country in the world equipped with this technology, internet at up to 42.2Mbps download speed, now available to 85% of the population of Armenia and up to 26.1 in the rest of the network etc, which aim at making the world innovations accessible to the largest part of the Armenian population.