FTC and MKB Bank sign strategic cooperation agreement

Ferencvárosi Torna Club (FTC) and MKB Bank have signed a strategic cooperation agreement, according to an announcement at a joint press conference held yesterday at the MVM Dome.

Ferencvárosi Torna Club and MKB Bank have signed a strategic cooperation agreement according to which the financial institution will become the official bank and financial strategic partner of the FTC. The cooperation includes the financing of all departments of the FTC and MKB Bank will also provide unique banking offers for the employees, athletes and fans of the sports club.

In addition, MKB Bank is launching a scholarship program that provides financial support to young athletes competing in Ferencváros colors.

“Hungary’s most prestigious sports association and bank today sign a strategic partnership and we are pleased to announce that this collaboration is not just about financial support, but also about the future and talented young Hungarian athletes. We hope that this partnership will be mutually beneficial, but I also care about what I and my colleagues can learn from Fradi: namely how to attract and develop talent and how to become a champion at home and continue to be successful is on the international stage,” said Zsolt Barna, Chairman and CEO of MKB Bank and Hungarian Bank Holding.

FTC President Gábor Kubatov added: “The intention of Ferencvárosi Torna Club, in addition to training young people and talent, is to achieve the highest possible level in all areas of sport, both nationally and internationally, with a stable financial background provided by our partners is provided. Our goals remain the same: to start each series with the intention of winning it for both the teams and the athletes competing for Ferencvárosi Torna Club. It is a particular pleasure for us to have a sponsor who, in addition to promoting and supporting the club’s young champions, also thinks of Fradi’s staff and fans.”

Talent supported by MKB includes 18-year-old swimmer Viktória Mihályvári-Farkas, who finished sixth in the 400m at her first Adult Olympics in Tokyo and is currently preparing to claim her first World Championships medal in front of a home crowd win the 2022 World Swimming Championships in Hungary. 20-year-old gymnast Krisztián Balázs has been training with Ferencváros since he was five, and this year he achieved his best-ever result at the World Challenge Cup in Várna, and despite his young age, he has a chance of making his debut at the Olympics 2024 in Paris.

Another supported talent is 23-year-old wrestler István Váncza – a silver medalist at this year’s European Championships in Budapest – who is preparing for his next match in the 67 kg category. Also supported by MKB Bank is 19-year-old Gergő Szemes, who proved at this year’s World Cup in Plovdiv that he can compete in the adult category as well, winning a bronze medal in the individual.

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