United in safe hands with Toshiba partnership
04 Sep 2012
Manchester United has claimed a UK football first by announcing a five-year deal that will see Toshiba Medical Systems become its official medical systems partner.
The partnership will see the two brands come together to provide state-of-the-art medical equipment to the Premier League club’s medical team. United’s Carrington training ground is currently undergoing a major redevelopment for the first time since the senior team moved there 12 years ago. Rapid advancements in sports science and medicine have meant existing facilities cannot cope with the demands for staff and equipment, with United stating that the tie-up with the subsidiary of Japanese corporation Toshiba will prove “crucial” in ensuring the club’s facilities are at the cutting edge of sports technology.
“Our players are at the centre of Manchester United and it is vital that we are able to offer them the best possible medical support,” said Manchester United’s commercial director Richard Arnold. “Our training ground at Carrington is currently under redevelopment to make way for new improvements, including state-of-the-art medical facilities. Unfortunately, in today’s game some injuries can be unavoidable; however, the club now has the comfort of knowing that through its partnership with Toshiba Medical Systems it can investigate and treat any injuries with the best medical equipment available.”
Toshiba Medical Systems Europe CEO, Chikao Kamijima, added: “Toshiba Medical Systems will supply Manchester United with a state-of-the-art CT scanner, capable of single rotation volumetric imaging, and a state-of-the-art MRI scanner, in addition to a total of five ultrasound systems, including the industry-leading premium Aplio 500. This will ensure the players and staff at Manchester United are given the best support possible. This should also help to promote Manchester United as a leading innovator in football and player wellbeing. As a leading innovator (Toshiba Medical Systems) and the most supported club worldwide (Manchester United) we hope that this partnership will strengthen our bond and provide a platform for future cooperation.”