SPFL announces QTS Group as League Cup Partner
20th December 2014
The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) is delighted to announce QTS Group as presenting partner of this season's Scottish League Cup.
The three-game sponsorship package - The Scottish League Cup presented by QTS - covers the Dundee United v Aberdeen and Celtic v Rangers semi-finals, on Saturday 31 January and Sunday 1 February respectively, as well as the showpiece final on Sunday 15 March, all at Hampden Park.
It is the latest in a long line of sports sponsorships for Lanarkshire-based QTS, which is one of Scotland's fastest growing businesses (turnover up 135% to £65 million in 2014) and services the rail, transport, utilities and private construction sectors throughout the UK.
Welcoming the announcement, SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with QTS, an ambitious and growing Scottish business with a proud history of successful sport sponsorship – a perfect fit for the competition.
"With two cracking Scottish League Cup semi-finals in the New Year, as well as the final in March, everyone at the SPFL is looking forward to working with QTS to maximise the profile of both the competition and of the business and to bring excitement to fans of the clubs and Scottish football."
Established in 1990, QTS has expanded to become a national multi-discipline organisation employing more than 300 employees, with its Scottish base and national headquarters in Drumclog, near Strathaven, where it recently invested in new office accommodation following an increase in staff.
Alan McLeish, managing director of QTS said: "We are delighted to be working with the SPFL as presenting partner for what will be a thrilling climax to this season's Scottish League Cup.
"As a business we already support top level sport across the country, and with four of the biggest names in Scottish football at the semi-final stage and worldwide interest in both matches as well as the final, the decision to get involved was an easy one to take.
"The three matches left in the competition are a major opportunity to showcase the best of Scottish football and we want to play our part in that. It looks like Hampden will be packed for both semis and the final and with top level football returning to the National Stadium for the first time since the Commonwealth Games, we believe interest in the matches will be massive."
Following today's announcement, the presenting partnership will be officially launched in early January to kick off a month-long build up to the two national cup semi-finals and a three-month marketing campaign culminating in March's final.
Neil Doncaster added: "We have been in the market for a presenting partner for the Scottish League Cup and interest was high. We are delighted that QTS are supporting the Scottish League Cup and talks continue with a view to bringing in a number of additional partners."
Last month the SPFL announced that both 2015 Scottish League Cup semi-finals would take place at Hampden Park, with Dundee United v Aberdeen a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 31 January and Celtic v Rangers a 1.30pm kick-off on Sunday 1 February, the latter televised live on BBC Scotland.
Ticket prices and allocations were also set in agreement with all four competing clubs, with 34,000 of the available tickets for each semi-final – around 68,000 in total and two-thirds of total capacity – priced at £25 for adults and £10 for juveniles (under-16s).