Life has been moving fast at Bedford FC since local bitcoin podcaster, Peter McCormack took the club over in December with the club now securing their first major sponsor.
Gemini, the global cryptocurrency trading platform will be front and centre of the club’s new shirts as they look to help build the tenth tier side up to a national and international football force.
Gemini was founded in 2014, and reportedly processes approximately $200 million a day in trades in a range of cryptocurrency around the globe.
A statement from the well-recognised cryptocurrency exchange group recognised the scale of the challenge that lay ahead for the club, but is excited to be part of the ambition:
“Gemini could have partnered with an established Premier League club, but sponsoring Bedford FC represents a meaningful opportunity to transform a club through the power of Bitcoin and its community.
“Bitcoin has the ability to change the world, and we want to reflect that in where we invest our money,” said Tyler Winklevoss, CEO of Gemini.
“Gemini’s name and logo will be emblazoned on the club’s shirts, in addition to potential media opportunities.
McCormack plans to mobilize the broader Bitcoin community to support Bedford FC, attract sponsors, and create a new commercial model. This will help Bedford FC build an international brand and climb the football ladder.”
From the USA Olympics squad to tenth tier soccer
Gemini CEO, Tyler Winklevoss and his twin brother Cameron – who is the President of Gemini – are familiar names for many; for the former Harvard students are former Olympic rowing finalists for the United States.
The twins are perhaps best known however for their attempts to sue Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, immortalised in the 2010 movie, ‘The Social Network’.
Gemini was kicked off with some of the $65m settlement from the resulting lawsuit, with the American businessman reportedly having a net worth of $3.8 billion according to Forbes.
All of these are astronomical numbers when you lay it side-by-side against a club the size of Bedford FC – due to be renamed Real Bedford for the 2022/23 season – but the club already has some impressive accolades.
The club, who play in Spartans South Midlands Division One, already have over 13,000 Twitter followers from around the world with the buzz growing at home and abroad.
On the pitch, goals from Tyrell McLeod Bentley and Robbie Goodman secured a third win in a row with Bedford FC up to fifth in the league and hoping to hold on to a play-off spot.