Nike and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced a new partnership in which Nike is designing and developing football kits for the men’s and women’s Nigeria national football teams from April 1, 2015, until at least 2018.

Nike is designing performance and training apparel, and equipment, including team kits and footballs, for Nigerian national football team players at every level of the game. There will be an exclusive-edition team kit for all NFF teams until the 2016-17 kit launches in mid-2016. In addition, Nike will design an assortment of products for Nigerians to show their support for the national team, to be available from mid-2016.

Barnsley Football Club announced a new four-year Technical Kit partnership with Puma and Genesis Sports. The contract commences at the start of the 2015/16 season and will see Puma supply the club with their Technical and Replica Kit and Training wear.

Barnsley FC Chief Executive Ben Mansford said: “We are thrilled and delighted to have entered into a partnership with such a leading brand as Puma.

After 30 years, Philips is to end its shirt sponsoring deal with PSV Eindhoven. The current sponsorship deal ends mid 2016 and will not be renewed. Philips says the move fits in with the changing face of the company. Philips is focusing more on medical equipment than consumer electronics. 

Philips says it wants to remain involved with the club but no concrete agreement has yet been reached.The club was founded in 1913 as a sports club for Philips’ employees – Philips Sport Vereniging Eindhoven – and took the Eredivisie league title for the first time since 2008 on Saturday.

Liverpool FC and Standard Chartered Bank announced a three-year extension to their main sponsor agreement, taking the bank's partnership with the club through to the end of the 2018-19 season.

The bank originally signed up as the club's main sponsor in July 2010, and the Standard Chartered logo has now appeared on the front of the Reds' shirts for the last five seasons.

Puma and Swindon Town Football Club have announced a deal which sees Puma become the club's official kit supplier.

The deal, which will come into play from 1st June 2015, will see Puma supply the Swindon Town FC home, away and third kits, as well as training wear for the next three years.

Hot on the heels of New Balance's first foray into international team kit manufacture, with Panama, the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol has announced a technical sponsorship with the US supplier.

New Balance - rebranding and parent of the oft-controversial Warrior Football mark - will provide all kit for every Costa Rica national team, after negotiations were declared to demonstrate a sharing of values between the two parties.

Panama (Federación Panameña de Fútbol) recently signed a technical sponsorship deal with New Balance.

The US manufacturer - the parent company and fresh rebranding of Warrior Football - will provide kit for the Panama national team at every age level across male and female teams, including futsal and beach football.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Puma announced a new comprehensive partnership that will see the Global Sports Brand operate as the FIGC’s lead partner into the next decade.

Through this agreement, Puma has extended and increased its marketing rights as well as retaining the exclusive Master License to actively manage the entire global licensing portfolio of FIGC assets. Puma will also continue as the official technical supplier supporting all associated FIGC teams.

Heart of Midlothian F.C. announced a ground-breaking new partnership with Save the Children.

A group of anonymous Hearts-supporting businesspeople contacted the club’s owner, Ann Budge, several months ago with a view to offering financial support. The upshot was a unique deal whereby what Budge confirmed as a “significant seven-figure sum” will be split between the charity and football club. Hearts will become the first UK side to carry the name of a worldwide charity on their home and away tops having rejected standard shirt-sponsorship opportunities.

Leyton Orient announced that the first-team shirts for the remainder of the season will carry the Clapton Orient Somme badge for the remainder of the 2014-15 Sky Bet League One season. 

41 players and staff of Clapton Orient served for their country as part of the 17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment (the Football Battalion), and three of those Richard McFadden, William Jonas and George Scott lost their lives. 

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