Today the club officially finalized this year’s kit sponsors. Without wanting to get too corporate, most Gifu fans will be thankful for their involvement and for providing a much needed financial injection. The sponsors are:

  • NGK – NTK (main shirt sponsor)

Based mainly in the Tokai area (Gifu, Aichi & Mie) these two arms of the same company are big names in spark plugs & industrial ceramics. Let’s hope their sponsorship ‘sparks’ a Gifu revival (I know…..what a bad joke).

  • J.Trust (back)

Mr. Fujisawa’s Tokyo based investment company kind of saved the club last year thanks to a needed investment, and this year he has taken it a step further by putting the J.Trust logo on the back of the shirt.

  • Valor (sleeve)

Valor is a supermarket chain in the Gifu area, and I was actually at one earlier today. They’ve long had an advertising presence at games (they have sponsor boards & flags in the corner at Nagaragawa) and now their highly visible red and white logo can be found on the sleeve of FC Gifu’s kit.

  • Seino Holdings (shorts)

Based in the city of Ogaki, just to the west of Gifu city, Seino are a huge name in the local area. Mainly focusing on logistics, the company is highly visible and I’m told they were responsible for the staging of Gifu’s game against Gainare Tottori in Ogaki last year. They will sponsor the shorts.

Let’s hope that Gifu win plenty of games and that these sponsors get some sustained positive publicity through it. You can find the official announcement here