SPONSORING AND PARTNERSHIPS

ENGIE, partnering women's tennis tournaments throughout France

A highly committed stakeholder operating in the heart of the regions with strongly established local roots, ENGIE has been a leading sponsor of women’s tennis throughout France for 31 years. By creating open tournaments and regional competitions, the Group is seeking to provide talented young women players with a quality circuit while helping to boost the regional social and economic fabric.

 

ENGIE OPEN: unearthing new talent

The Group has created the ENGIE OPEN label to help develop a more dynamic women’s tennis circuit in France. Since the 2000s, the circuit has revived women’s tennis in France, offering a platform for the best new French talent to play the best foreign players in their category and to showcase their prowess in front of their home fans.

 

Tournaments at the heart of the community

Out of around thirty ITF (International Tennis Federation) tournaments in France, ENGIE sponsors fifteen or so, nine of which bear the name ENGIE OPEN. The quality of the ENGIE OPEN circuit is well established and the prize money on offer in these tournaments – which ranges from $15,000 to $80,000 – guarantees a high-level line-up of players throughout the circuit. In addition to the ENGIE OPEN circuit, the Group supports the Annecy para tennis OPEN, as well as the Strasbourg Internationals (US$230,000) – one of the leading French eco-responsible events – held every year during the week before Roland-Garros.

This support reinforces the Group's local commitment to tennis.

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ENGIE OPENs featuring our “I'm learning about energy with ENGIE” programme

Launched by ENGIE in 2013, “I'm learning about energy” is a free online course all about energy and sustainable development. Educational energy workshops are run during women's tennis tournaments sponsored by ENGIE, the aim being to help the young pupils invited to them to learn about environmentally friendly habits.

In 2023, various ENGIE OPEN tournaments will feature energy awareness-raising workshops for young people. These will take a look at the challenges surrounding energy through events that are both fun and educational.

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ENGIE OPEN tournaments helping associations that the Group supports

The ENGIE Foundation supports charities such as Fête le Mur by developing long-term partnerships with them so that their projects end up succeeding in the long run.
Fête le Mur was set up by Yannick Noah in 1996 so that young people from poor neighbourhoods can flourish by playing tennis. They are coached by professionals and qualified tennis coaches or can follow a course to become referees.
ENGIE invites children from the Fête le Mur charity to all of the tournaments it sponsors (if they are relatively close to one of the charity's centres). Some of them get to work at the tournaments as ball boys or even referees, and they have access to facilities where they can play tennis and watch matches.
 

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