Over a number of years, LUKOIL has focused special attention on the support of sports and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. The Company supports both professional and amateur teams, making children and youth sports a priority.
Among the professional teams supported by LUKOIL: the football club Spartak-Moscow; the Astrakhan handball club Zarya Kaspiya; the Arkhangelsk hockey club Vodnik; the Volgograd water polo club Spartak; the Cross Country Skiing Federation of Russia; the Nizhny Novgorod ice-hockey club Torpedo; and the racing team LUKOIL Racing.
PJSC LUKOIL has been the general sponsor of one of the most popular Russian football clubs - Spartak Moscow – since 2000. The team is a twelve-time champion of the USSR and a nine-time champion of Russia. The F.F. Cherenkov Spartak Football Academy operates as part of the club; around 600 young athletes are trained in the academy.
The handball club Zarya Kaspiya, Astrakhan, is one of the top-ranking clubs of Russian handball. Over the years the club has been supported by LUKOIL, it has won silver (2001-2008) and bronze (2000) awards at the Championships of Russia several times. A Youth Athletic Center has been created on the basis of the club, where some 900 young handball players train on a regular basis.
The professional water polo club Spartak-Volgograd is the leader of the Russian water polo Super-league.
The LUKOIL Racing Team is the leader in national car racing. Apart from participation in competitions, the team trains drivers and develops their careers; develops, tests, manufactures and prepares racing cars for competitions. LUKOIL racing team members have won over 70 Championships and Russian Cups and have secured around 700 victories in Russian and international competitions. Over the entire history of the USSR and Russia, no other racing team has ever achieved such results.
Children’s Champions Cup of LUKOIL
One of the most notable projects in the reporting period was the Children’s Champions Cup of LUKOIL - an international social project; the objective is to counter racial intolerance and discrimination in football. The project unites national associations and clubs of 40 countries and over 3,500 participants. Children’s teams from the countries of Europe and Asia and well-known football players participate in the project. The Project Ambassadors are the stars of global football and coaches who won international trophies in professional sports. The final games of 2016 took place in the stadium Otkrytiye Arena. The winners were the 12-year old football players of the Portuguese team Benfica, silver went to the Italian team Genoa, while Spartak Moscow won bronze. The audience of the competitions included over 2,500 children and athletes.
Children’s Football League
Since 2001, PJSC LUKOIL has been supporting one of Russia’s largest children’s sporting organizations - the Children’s Football League (CFL), a regional non-governmental organization. Around 3,000 teams and 48,000 young football players from various regions of Russia take part in the CFL competitions.
In the reporting period, a number of tournaments, which have now become traditional, were held: the competition “Big stars shine on smaller ones” supervised by well-known football players and coaches is held in 16 cities of Russia (over the summer period); the competition “The field of honors in battle” commemorating 70 years since the Victory in the Great Patriotic War (WWII); open championships of CFL in eight cities of Russia (over the summer period); the traditional tournament in memory of the Fedotov brothers in Moscow (in spring), and several others.
A Biking City in Bulgaria
Since 2012, the Company has been supporting the Burgas administration project, “A Biking City - a model of modern city mobility”. This project has introduced a vast bicycle infrastructure to Burgas, which has contributed to the development of the resort’s tourist potential. The project makes it possible to reduce СО2 emissions and promotes a healthy lifestyle.
Promotion of a healthy lifestyle among schoolchildren in Turkey
Since 2015 LUKOIL Eurasia Petrol Anonim Sirketi has been implementing social projects in the territory of Turkey, supporting the pupils of primary schools. Every month the entity’s employees select a school and pay a visit, bringing gifts and presents. The leading football clubs of the country took part in some of the projects, sending sports equipment and club uniforms to the children. In 2016 at the Turkish Energy Forum LUKOIL Eurasia Petrol Anonim Sirketi received the Altin Varil award for sponsorship of these social projects.