|The Football Association of Ireland are delighted to announce a new partnership with the leading Irish sports retailer INTERSPORT Elverys, as the new title sponsor of the FAI Summer Soccer Schools.|
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and FAI Interim Deputy CEO Niall Quinn visited the INTERSPORT Elverys store on Dublin’s Henry Street today to help launch the partnership.
McCarthy announced the long-term agreement, which includes the 25th anniversary of the FAI Summer Soccer Schools, in 2021.
The FAI Summer Soccer Schools caters for boys and girls aged 6 to 14 in a fun and inclusive environment, with training provided by FAI accredited and Garda vetted coaches.
Last year, over 36,000 children took part in the FAI Summer Soccer Schools at over 320 venues around the country.
“Over the years, INTERSPORT Elverys have invested significantly in Irish sport and promoting participation at a grassroots level,” INTERSPORT Elverys CEO Patrick Rowland announced.
“Our latest investment in grassroots soccer is designed to get more people playing soccer, leading to a more active, healthier nation.
“As part of this new deal, we intend to embark on an exciting programme of events with the FAI to help support the already hugely successful Summer Soccer Schools, bringing the best product to the participants as well as some exciting incentives for all involved.”
FAI Commercial Director Mark Russell, speaking at the launch, said; “We are delighted to join forces with such a well-respected and indigenous Irish brand in INTERSPORT Elverys.
“With branches all around the country, we feel they are an ideal partner for our FAI Summer Soccer Schools and most importantly, they fully support our objectives and ambitions for this great grassroots programme.
“They have a great team at INTERSPORT Elverys and we very much look forward to working closely with them in making the FAI Summer Soccer Schools even better ahead of next year’s 25th anniversary in the FAI’s centenary year.”
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy said; “I saw first hand in Meath last summer just how great the FAI Summer Soccer Schools are.
“The enthusiasm of the kids was great to see, in such a fun environment and it’s a great way to celebrate Irish football.”
For more information on the INTERSPORT Elverys FAI Summer Soccer Schools, please visit fai.ie and elverys.ie