Swiss watch brand Eterna has signed as official timekeeping partner of Southampton FC, with the brand gifting one of its KonTiki timepieces to the club for a fundraising auction for its education centre.
Saints footballers Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Tadanari Lee were challenged by Eterna to hit five targets with a football, forming the Eterna logo. The footballers completed the challenge in two and a half minutes – half of their allocated time.
As a result of trouncing the challenge, Eterna gifted one of its KonTiki timepieces signed by the squad to an auction run by the Saints Foundation, set to raise money for the Saints Education Centre, which supports young people in Southampton.
Mark Abrahams, head of the Saints Foundation, said: "This fantastic gesture from Eterna will raise much-needed funds directly supporting the Saints Education Centre.
"The Centre was set up in 2010 by the Saints Foundation in the heart of St Marys Stadium to offer an inspirational learning environment for young people, relying on the generosity of supporters and part-ners to fund the operating costs."
All proceeds from the auction will be donated directly to the centre, contributing to more young people from Southampton benefiting from the charity’s education programme.