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    NRL partner Youi launches platform, ‘Footy. Made by Fans.’

    Youi has launched its latest platform, Footy. Made by Fans as part of its official insurance partnership with the NRL and AFL team Brisbane Lions.

    Led by the national insurer‘s internal agency, the latest campaign is an ode to the unsung heroes of the game.

    Featuring real footy lovers in the TV spots, the films celebrate the contributions of everyday fans across the country, from ‘head wobblers’ to banner poets.

     

    Youi has been an official partner of the NRL since 2017 and began its partnership with the Brisbane Lions’ AFL and AFLW teams in 2020. 

    “As the people’s champion, we wanted the platform to deliver something of real value to footy fans and tangibly demonstrate Youi’s connection to the game,” said Youi CMO, Angela Greenwood.

    “This is just the beginning, and we’ll continue to walk the talk when it  comes to celebrating, supporting and rewarding fans.” 

    Creative director Matt Gilmour echoed former player Brendon Fevola who commented “fans make the game” against the backdrop of empty stadiums during the Covid pandemic. 

    “I agree with Brendan, which is why I love this platform that’s all about what fans bring to footy,” said Gilmour.

    “Our in-house team has brought this direction to life beautifully and I’m excited for Youi to keep showing  up and doing things for all the fans throughout the season.”

    The creative platform will be rolled out across TV, broadcast partnerships, on contextual out of home (OOH) and audio.

    NRL partner Youi launches platform, ‘Footy. Made by Fans.’

    As part of its community engagement efforts, Youi will also be sponsoring two local initiatives across the AFL and NRL, The Youi Community Hill and Canteen, and the Youi Community Scrum.

    Located at the home of the Lions, Brighton Homes Arena, The Youi Community Hill and Canteen is a shared space for fans to congregate together throughout the season. The Canteen was created to support the Lions’ community partners, and has raised $40,000 so far for local clubs and initiatives, with Youi matching every dollar.

    The Youi Community Scrum is a bespoke community uplift program for regional communities and fans, launching on 5 June, first across the Northern Rivers of New South Wales and outer Brisbane in Queensland, which have both been hit by significant weather events in recent years. The program will provide equipment for clubs, with a focus on those which are still recovering. 

    NRL partner Youi launches platform, 'Footy. Made by Fans.' Community Canteen

    NRL CEO, Andrew Abdo, praised Youi’s efforts, saying the insurer “spent the time to create such a unique  platform, that truly resonates with, and celebrates fans. Something we are proud to partner with Youi on.”

    Brisbane Lions CEO, Greg Swann added: “We have a great partnership with Youi, they’re an innovative brand always looking to work with our club, engage our fans and help our football community.

    “Our club is made by fans, they’re who we play for week in week out and it’s great to see Youi align  so well with the fabric of our club.”

    See also: NRL Magic Round pulls off TV ratings trick: Foxtel Group audience at record levels

    Credits: 

    Youi 
    Chief marketing officer: Angela Greenwood 
    Head of marketing, strategy, planning and insights: Dave Annesley 
    Brand and partnerships Manager: Drew Reid 
    Partnerships coordinator: Darien Wilson 
    Senior marketing communications manager: Alexina Harris 
    Integrated communications manager: Danielle Sidney 
    Head of creative and production: James Bilaver 
    Creative director: Matt Gilmour 
    Copywriter: Trent Christie 
    Art director: Gemma Wicham 
    Campaign delivery lead: Simone Delaney 
    Campaign delivery manager: Jordie Smyth 
    Head of media: Marcel Hashimoto 
    Broadcast media lead: Craig Munks 
    Social and programmatic manager: Matt Mcdonald 

    Production partners 
    Director: Luke Shanahan 
    Producers: Clare Shervington and Helen Morahan 
    DOP: Alex Serafini 
    Editor: Stuart Morely 
    Designer: Cherith Crozier

    Partners
    Brisbane Lions and NRL

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