Sage, the leader in accounting, financial, HR and payroll technology for small and mid-sized businesses, has today become the Official Insights Partner of The Hundred and, from 2023 onwards, The Hundred Draft will be powered by Sage.
The Hundred launched last summer to packed out crowds across England and Wales, exciting cricket fans new and old with its innovative mix of high energy sporting action and epic entertainment.
The partnership is a key symbol of change as part of Sage’s new brand refresh, aligning with the Hundred’s aims to engage new audiences and put gender parity at its heart. The competition sees men and women playing side-by-side on the same stage, with equal prize money on offer.
Through the activation, Sage will bring fans closer to The Hundred’s big decisions, powering the Decision Review System (DRS) in broadcast and the cricket grounds’ big screen, together with branding appearing on the umpires’ kit during the tournament.
Sage will also be Presenting Partner for The Hundred Draft, highlighting the importance of using in-depth analysis to drive effective player selection. To support this, the partnership will launch a content series, focusing on the use of data and insight behind cricket’s newest competition. The content will feature the key decision makers from this year’s draft, reviewing the big signings and demonstrating how insights determined the teams’ key selections.
It will be available for Sage’s Member Masterclasses, a dedicated space for Sage customers that offers human insights through talks and articles from world leading experts on the issues that matter most to businesses.
The inaugural year of The Hundred saw more than 510,000 people attend games, with a TV audience of over 16 million, and record-breaking crowds for the women’s competition.
ROB CALDER, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR OF THE HUNDRED SAID: “As a global leader in supporting small and mid-sized businesses with data-driven decision making, Sage is the perfect partner to power our Decision Review System this summer, and The Draft from next year. We look forward to working with Sage as we get ready for another huge summer for The Hundred.”
CATH KEERS, CMO, SAGE SAID: “The Hundred is a tournament with rich data at the heart of its decision-making, from drafting players to in-game analysis. Fast accurate decision making powered by deep insights is how we help business flow for our customers. The partnership is an exciting opportunity to share the power of data with a global audience of cricket fans and communities around the UK”
“We’ll bring this partnership to life over the coming months and years making sure our colleagues, customers and communities all benefit with access to tickets and experiences, content and promotional opportunities.”
Sage is also partnering with Chance to Shine, a national charity that aims to give all children the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. The partnership will see Sage Foundation support a street cricket project and primary school programme in eight locations near to The Hundred venues, as well as its hometown of Newcastle. Local children in underrepresented groups will be given a safe place to play coached cricket all year round, which is proven to support physical, mental and social wellbeing, as well as their personal development.
Natalie Falkous // PR Lead UKI, Sage // +44 (0) 7587175991 // [email protected]
CSM (supporting Sage):
Tom Ainscough // +44 7774 328 780 // [email protected]
James Brown // Senior Commercial Partnerships Manager // 07900 757443 // [email protected]
James Bramley // Commercial Partnerships Manager // 07920 269718 // [email protected]/org.uk
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