Action in this field confirms the Bank’s commitment to the promotion of sport as a social value, and in the promotion of Italy at international level.
Intesa Sanpaolo confirmed important partnerships in the sporting world, including Federazione Italiana Nuoto, A.C. Milan and the Organising Committee for the World Swimming Championships Roma09. In addition, the Bank is an official sponsor for CONI, the Italian National Olympic Team and Casa Italia. In particular, the Bank supported the 2009 Mediterranean Games held in June and July in Pescara – the largest sporting event in the Mediterranean area – and was an official sponsor for the 13th World Swimming Championships held in Rome in July and August 2009.
Furthermore the Bank promotes several sports activities for young people, further confirming its attention to educating the new generations, focusing on sports-related social and educational values. For example, Cassa di Risparmio del Friuli Venezia Giulia sponsors Atletica Gorizia, the association that organises various motility activities in infant schools, whilst Cassa di Risparmio del Veneto supports the Crescere insieme nello sport project in collaboration with Società Verde Sport targeting the young and very young in the province of Treviso.
Several Group companies sponsor professional sports teams, whilst a number have opted to work alongside smaller renowned sports clubs: for example, Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna (Sporting Club Gira Ozzano Emilia, Fatro Team Volley, Bologna United Handball, Cus Ferrara) and Cassa di Risparmio di Rieti (Atletica Studentesca Cassa di Risparmio di Rieti, with around 1,200 young members).
Intesa Sanpaolo has also provided support for the Sportivamente project promoted by the Unione Italiana Sport per Tutti. This is a project that promotes and launches sports initiatives in favour of people with mental disorders, using sport as a means of combating marginalisation. Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia’s support for the historic Palio Remiero regatta between the Universities is now a tradition. This galleon regatta is inspired by the traditional rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge universities, transferred to the spectacular evocative setting of the Grand Canal.