Local smartphone brand, Cloudfone and the Philippine SuperLiga (PSL) team up to bring league perks to Cloudfone users and first-in-the-Philippines in-game innovations.
The PSL has tapped Cloudfone as its first technology sponsor in the 2017 Chooks-to-Go PSL Grand Prix Conference. The Grand Prix, which officially starts on October 28, will be marked with a grand opening, including the public launch of the tie-up. Karch Kiraly, head coach of the United States women’s volleyball team, will be among the special guests of honor during the opening.
Free admission for Cloudfone users
Volleyball enthusiasts with Cloudfone devices, including feature phones and smartphones, are entitled to free Lower Box passes. This gains them free access to the games during the Grand Prix Conference until the grand finale on December 16 with the best teams going face-to-face for the championship rounds.
“They just have to show their phone units and register at the gate. We will always reserve a special section for all Cloudfone users inside the venue so that they can have the best seats, the best view to watch the games,” says PSL events director Dr. Ian Laurel.
“All they need to do is come over, watch, and enjoy the best volleyball action that we have–the best players, the best teams in women’s volleyball right now,” adds Laurel.
The PSL games take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan, and at different provinces in Luzon and Visayas. All games are aired live on ESPN5 at 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with replays of select matches on the next day.
“As the only professional volleyball league here, PSL believes in elevating the quality of the sport while making it more accessible for Filipinos from all regions to enjoy the games. Cloudfone is aligned with the same mission of bringing global standards in our products and making these available to all Filipinos. Both Cloudfone and PSL advocate for the same thing, to bring quality within reach of our customers and audiences,” explains Ray Caguin, Cloudfone Group Brand manager.
The league’s schedule is available on the PSL website philippinesuperliga.com.
New sports technology
Aside from perks such as free tickets to games, this new alliance introduces the tablet system to Philippine volleyball.
“We welcome the partnership of Cloudfone with PSL. This is a big support because in this Grand Prix, we are launching the tablet system for the competition. The timing of the partnership is really good,” says PSL president Ramon Suzara.
The PSL precedes other leagues in the country as it pioneers the Volleyball Challenge System–allows coaches to use a tablet to officially call timeouts and request challenges. Cloudfone, as the PSL’s official technology partner, provides all the tablets needed to make this breakthrough possible.
“This is being used now in international volleyball. There used to be just a button that coaches press underneath their seats when they need to call a timeout. But this time, we have a tablet,” says Dr. Laurel.
The PSL begins implementing the system in the Grand Prix’s semi-finals. All teams to make it to this stage are issued Cloudfone Cloudpad tablets.
These developments showcase the two organizations’ common passion for innovation, volleyball, and elevating Filipinos’ skills and talents to international standards.
“The Philippine SuperLiga is the only league sanctioned by the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) and the FIVB,” says Dr. Laurel. “We want to keep up with the standards that they set. We follow competition regulations like an international governing body.”
Fans of the sport and the brand alike can know more about Cloudfone’s products and services by approaching Cloudfone booths installed at game venues or visiting cloudfone.com.ph.
For more information on Cloudfone, visit www.cloudfone.com.ph.