Jetts Fitness will keep its position on the front of the Melbourne kit (Getty Images)

(WFI) Jetts Fitness says their kit sponsorship extension with the Melbourne Victory was a “no-brainer.”

The Victory were last season’s champions in Australia’s W-League. Jetts Fitness and Banking on Football were the kit sponsors. The Football Federation of Victoria helped the club renew both sponsorships.

“[We were] delighted to be a major partner during the squad’s incredible success last season,” Tim O’Shea, Jetts Fitness Victoria state director, said in a statement.

Jetts Fitness will have its logo on the front for next season’s kits, and will provide players and coaches of the Victory a complimentary twelve-month gym membership.

“We’re excited by the direction of the team and FFV and the rapid growth of women’s football in Australia.”

Banking on Football will retain their sponsorship on the backside of the kit, while aiding the Victory’s grassroots efforts to grow women’s football in Victoria.

Raith Rovers to Feature Ads from Crime Writer on Jerseys

Raith Rovers center back Ross Perry in the club’s white home jersey (Getty Images)

A team in the second division of the Scottish Professional Football League, Raith Rovers, will feature advertisements for crime novelist Val McDermid on its white home jerseys this season.

New York Times writer Jack Bell says McDermid’s connection to the club is “partly personal.” McDermid is a lifelong supporter of the club, according to Bell, and “knows this is not just any season” in the Scottish Championship.

At this year’s Scottish Championship, Raith will face off against three major clubs: Rangers of Glasgow, Heart of Midlothian, and Hibernian.

“Three huge teams in the Championship and a new TV deal make for a unique season in Scottish football,” club commercial director Tom Morgan told Bell. “Our shirt sponsor fell out and we approached Val, and she was up for it.”

Raith opens its season on Saturday at home against Dumbarton. This will be the first opportunity for fans in Scotland and in certain television markets around the world to see McDermid’s web address.

Bell writes that McDermid is “in many ways a perfect fit.” McDermid’s father is one of Raith’s “revered scouts and is a board member who can watch matches from a grandstand named for her family.”

She has written 28 novels that, according to Bell, have been translated into 40 languages.

McDermid told Bell she paid a “reasonable price (in the low five figures)” to put her web address on the jerseys.

Amputee Football Receives Help in Ghana

Christian Community Micro-finance Limited and Gold Star Airlines will help sponsor the Ghanaian Amputee Football team ahead of the 2014 Amputee World Cup in Mexico.

“We are supporting the amputees league because they need care to make their league powerful,” Asare Ankomah, Head of Operation of the CCML said in a statement.

CCML has donated $26,720 to the Ghana Amputee Football Federation, while Gold Star announced they would provide air travel to and from the competition for the Ghanaian team.

By INSIDER’s Aaron Bauer and Nicole Bennett


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