golf as it should be at the Ryder Cup

It’s Ryder Cup time! And Wieden + Kennedy London has created a portfolio of campaign materials for The Welsh Assembly Government to celebrate Wales hosting The Ryder Cup for the first time in the tournament’s history.

It’s Ryder Cup time! And Wieden + Kennedy London has created a portfolio of campaign materials for The Welsh Assembly Government to celebrate Wales hosting The Ryder Cup for the first time in the tournament’s history.

'Golf as it Should Be' spot

It's Ryder Cup time! And Wieden + Kennedy London has created a portfolio of campaign materials for The Welsh Assembly Government to celebrate Wales hosting The Ryder Cup for the first time in the tournament’s history.  The integrated campaign is made up of many elements, including films, TV idents, print and branding on the road to the tournament, at the host city Newport and at the course itself at Celtic Manor.

The campaign delivers a complete Ryder Cup experience, and features the people of Wales, highlighting what it means to them to host the world’s biggest golfing event.

The TV spot above, ‘Golf As It Should Be’, presents Wales’ unstuffy take on the game of golf. It was shot on the rather splendid coastal course at Nefyn. This film will run on NBC America and on Sky Sports in the UK for the duration of the tournament.

We have also created a three minute doc called, ‘Our First Ryder Cup’, featuring a range of people, young and old, who are involved with the sport. This was filmed around the many beautiful courses In Wales. The film also features Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales; Matthew Rhys, the actor who currently appears in the American series ‘Brothers and Sisters’; Lions rugby legend Gareth Edwards; and comedian Rhod Gilbert, who has been the voice of Visit Wales’ advertising in the past.  They all speculate on the significance of Wales being the host nation of this event for the very first time. The film is running at the opening ceremony at the Millennium stadium, on S4C and around the Twenty Ten Course during the Tournament.

'Our First Ryder Cup' film

We also created 42 (phew!) TV idents for Sky Sports, which again feature people from all over the country. And Goldie Lookin' Chain. The idents can be viewed here on the Visit Wales Facebook page.




The print element of the campaign includes posters on the Hammersmith flyover on the way out of London and an outdoor campaign by Newport City Council. On the way to Newport on the approach to the toll booths on the M4 there are huge branded flags for the European and US teams, as well as flags bearing the Welsh Ryder Cup logo.  Even the Severn Bridge itself has been branded, together with messages at the tollbooths, with barriers being dressed as golf flags that lift up and down.

Finally, The Welsh Assembly has created branded supplements showcasing Newport’s heritage which will run in The Times and The Financial Times.  The supplements include press ads created by W+K.

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Nike Write The Future – Phase One

A date for your diaries: Thursday 20 May at 6pm. Nike’s launch of its World Cup commercial via a webcast on Facebook. This will be the official, global premiere of the full-length 3-minute content before it airs on UK TV.

A date for your diaries: Thursday 20 May at 6pm. Nike’s launch of its World Cup commercial via a webcast on Facebook. This will be the official, global premiere of the full-length 3-minute content before it airs on UK TV.

A date for your diaries: Thursday 20 May at 6pm.  Nike's launch of its World Cup commercial via a webcast on Facebook.  This will be the official, global premiere of the full-length 3-minute content before it airs on UK TV, lead agency W+K Amsterdam, in collaboration with both London and Portland offices.

But to whet your appetite, short clips are being released this week, the first of which went live on Saturday and features our national footballing hero Wayne Rooney as you've never seen him before – and hopefully as you'll never see him again. 

After one wrong pass in a crucial match, we see how his glittering, international career could diminish into life in a trailer park.  You can check out the clip below and then we recommend you put the webcast in your diaries – the World Cup comes around only once every four years and with this ad to kick off the tournament, it's not one to be missed.