Record Uganda Premier League Champions SC Villa and pharmaceutical company Ecopharm have announced a bumper UGX 2.4 billion partnership.
The partnership will last for five years and will see the company’s medical center Aspire provide in kind medical assistance to all SC Villa players and staff.
SC Villa will be guaranteed up to UGX 484 million per year for the five years the deal will run, and will also cover not only medical expenses for the senior team, but also the junior team and next of kins of staff and players.
Also SC Villa registered members will recieve a significant discount when they visit any Ecopharm center or Aspire Medical Center for medical assistance.
“This is a great day for SC Villa, As the club, we are looking at strategic development and partnerships.”
“This partnership with our new partners Ecopharm grows our eco-system which will not only help the team, but also the club and its members,” SC Villa CEO Shawn Mubiru said in a press conference to unveil the partnership.
“Every startegic partnership that we bring on board will not only benefit the club but the community because SC Villa is a community based club.”
Mubiru added; “We have done a lot of negotiations with our partners and we are glad that we have brought out the best deal for the club and I hope that this sends a signal to the business community that football is a strategic field where they can invest and get value.”
“I am delighted to announce to you that we have a partner that will not have the welfare of the players but also interested in seeing a healthy community.”
“This deal will give our members a significant discount on all Ecopharm centers.”
“Why Ecopharm? medicine is paramount to a player and we are proud to have them on board because this partnership brings significant importance to the club,” he continued.
Ecopharm is a private chain of pharmacies registered with the National Drug Authority. It was started in 2008 by a Ugandan visionary pharmacist.
Ecopharm is a professionally managed state-of-the-art pharmaceutical company and has established a track record in retailing medical supplies including medicine, cosmetics, baby care products, first aid kits, vitamins and herbal supplements.
The pharmacy also has a special program for managing chronic diseases and has partnerships with all leading insuarance providers.
It has a chain of 12 pharmacies in Kampala and its surburbs in Naalya, Ntinda, Makindye, Kibuye, Bugolobi and Kisasi. The company also plans on expanding their wings to upcountry with centers in Mbarara, Arua, Mbale, Jinja and elsewhere.