The Forzani Group Ltd./Le Groupe Forzani Ltee
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The Forzani Group Ltd./Le Groupe Forzani Ltee

April 22, 2009 18:29 ET

The Canadian Soccer Association & the Forzani Group Announce New Sponsorship

Supporting Grassroots Soccer Across Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 22, 2009) - The Canadian Soccer Association and The Forzani Group Ltd. (TSX:FGL), are proud to announce a two-year sponsorship agreement with the Canadian Soccer Association's Mini Soccer Festival Program presented by BMO. The partnership incorporates all of The Forzani Group's corporate and franchise banners and extends exclusivity to The Forzani Group in the category of sporting goods and equipment.

The Canadian Soccer Association Mini Soccer Festival Program presented by BMO is an internationally recognized youth development program targeted at children under the age of eleven. The purpose is to introduce the sport of soccer through a fun-filled event for both children and their parents. The mini soccer festival is the largest national grass roots program in the country, connecting hundreds of clubs and communities, reaching approximately 200,000 children and their parents.

With soccer being one of the most popular recreational sports played in Canada and the sport with the most registered players in the country, The Forzani Group's nationwide group of businesses provide easy accessibility and affordability to soccer families for required equipment, apparel and complimentary products.

"This partnership supports our desire to strengthen our grass root commitments at all levels in Canada by helping bring kids the rewarding experiences that playing soccer achieves," stated Tom Quinn President of The Forzani Group. "With soccer's growing youth participation and emergent community involvement within Canada, this partnership with the Canadian Soccer Association offers strong support for our businesses."

"The Canadian Soccer Association is pleased to add The Forzani Group to its Partners Program" says General Secretary Peter Montopoli. "Our Partners provide integral support to the Associations long-term strategic goals, enabling the delivery of our national programs such as the Mini Soccer Festival Program. The Canadian Soccer Association is excited to partner with the largest sporting goods retailer in Canada."

To learn more about the program including how you can get involved in hosting or participating in a Mini Soccer Festival visit http://www.canadasoccer.com/minisoccer/index.asp.

The Canadian Soccer Association

The Canadian Soccer Association, in partnership with its members and all its corporate partners, is dedicated to the growth and development of soccer for all Canadians at all levels. The Canadian Soccer Association is also dedicated to providing leadership and good governance for the sport. The Canadian Soccer Association's goals include providing opportunities to all members from participation at the grassroots level to the FIFA World Cups, encouraging positive values in all aspects of the sport, and being recognized as a major player in the sport.

About The Forzani Group Ltd.

The Forzani Group Ltd. is Canada's largest national retailer of sporting goods, offering a comprehensive assortment of brand-name and private-brand products, operating stores from coast to coast, under the following corporate and franchise banners: Sport Chek, Coast Mountain Sports, Sport Mart, National Sports, Athletes World, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, Intersport, Econosports, Atmosphere, Tech Shop, Pegasus, Nevada Bob's Golf, The Fitness Source and S3. The Company also has websites for several of its corporate and franchise banners which can be accessed through its main website at www.forzanigroup.com.

The foregoing information may contain forward-looking statements relating to the future performance of The Forzani Group Ltd. Forward-looking statements, specifically those concerning future performance, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. The Company, in compliance with the reporting requirements of the various securities commissions, details these risks and uncertainties from time to time.

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