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Support for amateur sports

January 3, 2002, 11:00 CET

3 January 2002: A collaboration agreement covering support for youth sport and sports clubs in Norway has been signed by Statoil with the Norwegian Olympic Committee and Confederation of Sports.

By providing 5000 free sports shirts, this deal will relieve many soccer, volleyball, handball, basketball and bandy teams for players aged 13-16 of the need to raise money for sports strip.

Teams affiliated to the sports confederation will be able to apply for an allocation of shirts.

“Sporting challenges are society’s challenges,” comments Elisabeth Berge, executive vice president for Corporate Communication at Statoil.

“Through this agreement, we want to show social responsibility by supporting sporting activities for youngsters.”

“The deal will help to strengthen local involvement in sports, which includes good team spirit, a sense of community and tolerance among its basic values,” says Kjell O Kran, president of the sports confederation.

The Norwegian Olympic Committee and Confederation of Sports is the country’s largest organisation, with 1.8 million members.

Sport in Norway is based on voluntary efforts, with almost 700,000 people involved in such activities. In addition come contributions by parents.

Financial assistance is high on the list of priorities for Norway’s sports clubs. Surveys show that their volunteers are more interested in helping the youngsters than fund-raising.

The sports shirts will carry the Statoil logo on the breast and are to be distributed twice a year, with the first allocation due in March. Applications must be in by 1 February and 15 June.

Application forms in Norwegian are available at www.statoil.com/sponsor, www.klubbenonline.no and at Statoil service stations in Norway.

Contact person: Elisabeth Berge, executive vice president for Corporate Communication at Statoil.
Telephone: +47 51 99 72 74, +47 90 13 29 36 (mobile)