Our sponsorship strategy associates William Hill with some of the biggest and best sporting teams and events in the country.
Passion is at the core of our brand and there is no sport in the world that showcases that value more than football.
Our sports sponsorship portfolio is heavily focused on the nation’s favourite sport. In Scotland we are the title sponsor of the William Hill Scottish Cup and an official supporter of the Scotland Team. We also have three English Premier League betting partnerships with Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham.
William Hill, driven by our founder of the same name, has always had an innovative spirit engrained in its DNA. William, always looking for new ways to lead the industry, wanted to become the first bookmaker to sponsor significant horse races in the UK. And in 1957 he gave five-thousand sovereigns to bolster the prize money for the Ebor in York.
The following year he leant the William Hill name to another big race the ‘Redcar Five Thousand’. Within eight years he invested a six figure sum in racing sponsorship, and since his first involvement there has never been a year when William Hill have not been major sponsors of the great sport. Currently we sponsor the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, William Hill Great St. Wilfrid and the William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup.
Another passion fuelled sport that we sponsor is darts. We previously sponsored the Grand Slam of Darts before we took over the most prestigious event in professional darts–the William Hill World Darts Championship in 2014.
The key element to the success of our sponsorships and partnerships is our close working relationships with the respective governing bodies. These relationships allow us to maximise our PR and marketing activations programs around each of our sports sponsorships.
William Hill South Stand
Sponsor since 2015
William Hill became the new sponsors of the iconic South Stand at Hampden in October 2015. The sponsorship deal, which runs until 2020, also included the extension of William Hill’s association with the Scottish Cup and the Scotland national team.
The William Hill South Stand is the main stand of Hampden Park. It holds the technical areas, dressing rooms, indoor warm-up area, executive boxes, lounges and media facilities. The William Hill South Stand is also the only part of the stadium split into two tiers. The stand was previously by BT Scotland (1998-2015).
Premier League Partnerships
The English Premier League is biggest and most exciting football league in the world, and we are delighted to be partnered with three of the leagues finest in Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur. The new partnerships gives us the opportunity to engage with the supporters of the clubs on a weekly basis and hopefully turn them into fans of William Hill.
Chelsea – Since 2016
Chelsea Football Club was founded on 10 March 1905 at The Rising Sun pub, (now The Butcher's Hook) opposite today's main entrance to the ground on the Fulham Road. Since there was already a team named Fulham in the borough, the name of the adjacent borough, the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea, was settled on after London FC, Kensington FC and Stamford Bridge FC had been rejected. Blue shirts were adopted by Mears, after the racing colours of Lord Chelsea, along with white shorts and dark blue socks.
First Division/Premier League: Winners (5): 1954–55, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15
Second Division Winners (2): 1983–84, 1988–89
FA Cup: Winners (7): 1969–70, 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
Football League Cup Winners (5): 1964–65, 1997–98, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2014–15
FA Community Shield Winners (4): 1955, 2000, 2005, 2009
Full Members Cup Winners (2): 1985–86, 1989–90
European UEFA Champions League Winners (1): 2011–12
UEFA Europa League Winners (1): 2012–13
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Winners (2): 1970–71, 1997–98
UEFA Super Cup Winners (1): 1998
Tottenham – Since 2016
The club itself was formed in 1882, as Hotspur F.C., and played in the Southern League from 1896 until 1908, when they were elected into the Football League Second Division. Before this promotion Tottenham had won the FA Cup in 1901, making them the only non-League club to (or likely to) do so since the formation of the Football League.
Since then, Tottenham have won the FA Cup a further seven times, the Football League twice, the Football League Cup four times, the UEFA Cup twice and also the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. The Cup Winners' Cup victory in 1963 made Tottenham the first English team to win a UEFA competition. In 1960–61 they became the first team to complete The Double in the 20th century.
First Division/Premier League: Winners (2): 1950–51, 1960–61
Second Division/Championship: Winners (2): 1919–20, 1949–50
Southern League: Winners (1): 1899–1900
Western League: Winners (1): 1903–04
FA Cup: Winners (8): 1900–01, 1920–21, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1966–67, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1990–91
League Cup: Winners (4): 1970–71, 1972–73, 1998–99, 2007–08
FA Charity Shield/FA Community Shield: Winners (7): 1921, 1951, 1961, 1962, 1967*, 1981*, 1991* (*shared)
European UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: Winners (1): 1962–63
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League: Winners (2): 1971–72, 1983–84
Anglo-Italian League Cup: Winners (1): 1971
Football Writers’ Association (FWA)
The Football Writers’ Association is one of the leading sports journalism bodies in the world and we are delighted to be their official sponsors We have been partners of the FWA since 2013, producing weekly podcasts as part of our tier partnership – and this year we took over the title sponsorship of the Association from Barclays Bank.
The new three-year partnership will see the William Hill brand at the FWA tribute dinner in January and at the prestigious FWA Player of the Year ceremony in May.
Every week we have one of their 400 plus members on our popular weekly William Hill/FWA podcast.
Anthony Joshua Fights
Anthony Joshua (MBE) is a British sporting icon. The 6’6 giant first came to the public’s attention in 2012 when he won the Super-Heavyweight gold medal at the London Olympics.
Fresh from his Olympic triumph AJ decided to turn professional and signed a deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom. He quickly racked up a perfect record of 15-0 with 15 by KO.
Then on the 9th April 2016, Anthony secured his place in history as he became the IBF World Heavyweight Champion, knocking out American, Charles Martin less than 60 seconds into the second round. In doing so Anthony not only took his record to 16-0 (all knockouts) but he became the fifth fastest man to become a World Heavyweight Champion, achieving the illustrious feat in just two-and-a-half years, almost a year quicker than his idol: Muhammad Ali.
You’re never a true champion until you defend your belt, and on the 25th June 2016, Anthony did just that. Unbeaten American, Dominic Breazeale, was to be the first to try and dethrone the World Champion, but to no avail, with Anthony brutally knocking the 6ft7” challenger to the canvas twice in the seventh round. The fight was stopped, and Anthony’s record now sits at 17-0 (all knockouts).
We delighted to be the sponsor of Anthony Joshua’s next two fights, having already sponsored three, and we’re proud to be with him on his journey to greatness.
Official Sponsor of the Scotland Team
Sponsor since 2012
The Scotland team has one of the most passionate and respected set of fans in the world. Their fans sing ‘We’ll be coming down the road …..’ and they’re not wrong. Thousands of the Tartan Army flock from all over the country to see their national team play at Hampden Park.
Scottish fans are very tribal in terms of the club system but the national team unites the population.
The national team hasn’t had a huge amount of international success in the last decade but they are very hopeful of qualifying for EURO 2016.
Find out more about the Scotland Team at www.scottishfa.co.uk
William Hill Scottish Cup
Title Sponsors since 2011
The Scottish Cup was first held in 1873 and is one of the oldest cup competitions in the world. Indeed, the Scottish Cup trophy that is presented to the winner of the competition is the oldest in association football and is also the oldest national trophy in the world.
We have a strong heritage, and the history and prestige of this competition was one of our key reasons for becoming the title sponsor of the William Hill Scottish Cup.
Pride and passion are also at the centre of our brand values and they are evident in every game in the Scottish Cup.
One of our key objectives when we first took over the Scottish Cup sponsorship in 2011 was to increase interest in the competition and in our brand in Scotland. We noticed straightaway that both came hand-in-hand, and through our work with the Scottish FA, the clubs, the fans and the media - we have seen a huge spike in awareness of both the William Hill Scottish Cup and the William Hill brand in Scotland and beyond.
Find out more about the William Hill Scottish Cup at www.scottishfa.co.uk
William Hill World Darts Championship
Title sponsors since 2014
The William Hill World Darts Championship is one of the most popular sporting events on the British sporting calendar. In fact, it was ranked the eighth most wanted ticket of 2014 on a survey by Viagogo. Singer Kate Bush topped the list but don’t be surprised if you bump into her at the World Championships in Alexandra Palace.
Darts after all is a great social leveller and you’re as likely to see a rigger as a royal at the annual darts extravaganza.
The World Championship isn’t our first venture into the sport of darts. We were sponsors of the Grand Slam of Darts from 2011 to 2013, and that’s when we got the bug for this truly unique sport.
Our first year at Alexandra Palace was a big success, with a significant boost in turnover and a massive 25% rise in the viewing figures.
The sport of darts continues to hit dizzying heights and we’re delighted to be along for the ride.
Book your tickets for the William Hill World Darts Championship at www.pdc.tv/tickets.
William Hill Handicap Hurdle, Ascot Racecourse
Sponsor since 2006
Ascot is one of British racing’s jewels and we are a long-standing sponsor at the course, where we also have an annual hospitality box.
The William Hill Handicap Hurdle is a competitive 2-mile Class One Hurdle race run as part of the course’s supremely popular fireworks evening.
Tickets for Ascot can be booked at www.ascot.co.uk
William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival, Ayr Racecourse
Title sponsor since 2009
If you are looking for a party, the Ayr Gold Cup Festival is one of the great racing experiences. Hosted in true Scottish style, the meeting is a combination of generous hospitality and ultra-competitive racing, highlighted by the three 27-runner sprint handicap ‘Cup’ races.
Punters really like to get their teeth in to the big field sprint handicaps so the Gold Cup Festival is an ideal fit for a bookmaker sponsor and gives great scope for some exciting trading offers and special bets.
Outside of the Grand National, the Cheltenham Festival and the Flat season’s Classics, the Gold Cup is one of the biggest turnover races of the year, not bad for a sprint handicap in Ayrshire!
The Gold Cup is complimented by two consolation races, the Silver Cup and the Bronze Cup, where horses balloted out of the handicap still get an opportunity to run. Such is the number of entries, a third consolation could probably be contested!
We also host the William Hill Long Service Awards at Ayr on Gold Cup day, rewarding our 25 and 40-year serving colleagues with a day of celebration at the races.
To find out more about Ayr Racecourse and the William Hill Gold Cup Festival see www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk
William Hill Great St Wilfrid, Ripon Racecourse
Title sponsor since 1994
The historic Great St Wilfrid is William Hill’s longest-standing partnership, with the 20th running under our banner in 2013 at the pretty ‘Garden Course’ in Yorkshire.
Another well-known Sprint Handicap, where many runners will go on to contest the Gold or Silver Cups at Ayr a few weeks later, the race is famous for its unique and tiny silver trophy depicting St Wilfrid of Ripon on his horse.
Tickets are available from www.ripon-races.co.uk
William Hill Festival of Greyhound Racing, Sunderland Greyhound Stadium
Title sponsor since 2007
When William Hill took over Sunderland Greyhound Stadium, we wanted to create a big competition event, suitable for Britain’s biggest bookmaker, and ‘The Festival’ was born.
Featuring two of the calendar’s richest Category One races in the £25,000 Classic and the £15,000 Grand Prix, plus a carefully selected portfolio of supporting races, the Festival was an instant success, attracting runners from all over the country, as well as the big raiders from across the Irish sea.
William Hill All England Cup Festival, Newcastle Greyhound Stadium
Title sponsor since 2007
At the same time as acquiring Sunderland, William Hill also bought Newcastle Greyhound Stadium and inherited its big competition, the All England Cup. In 2009, the Northern Puppy Derby competition was added to the evening to create another big night of racing for the industry’s biggest sponsor.
Owning the two tracks, it is key for William Hill to run top-class competitions at the venues and the race days are key in the calendar, with the leading owners and trainers targeting the meetings for their runners. Both events are covered live on Sky Sports