Cork City FC and Cork Credit Unions are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership that will see the latter sponsor City’s academy teams for the second half of the 2019 season.
The partnership will see Cork Credit Union’s logo proudly displayed on the jerseys of the club’s academy teams, both girls and boys.
Cork Credit Unions have been working together since their establishment and the sponsorship of Cork City FC’s Academy is another demonstration of their commitment to working together. The Cork Credit Union group stretches from Bantry to Youghal with every credit union in-between included. There are over 30 Credit Unions and offices across Cork. Cork Credit Unions and the soon-to-be relaunched www.corkcreditunions.ie is the collaborative effort of a group of independent credit unions across the county, who have come together to forge stronger relationships with Cork-focused Credit Union initiatives. This cooperation between Credit Unions is a key ethos by which they operate, helping them to provide an award-winning service. Credit Unions are not-for-profit, always keeping the members’ interests at the forefront of everything they do. As co-operatives, they share the same ethos as the team members of Cork City FC, helping to make this partnership such a great fit.
Cork City’s boy’s academy, headed by former City and Republic of Ireland star, Colin Healy, comprises the club’s Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 teams. So far, it has been a good season for the sides, with the Under 19s sitting second in the table, the Under 17s in third place and the Under 15s having topped their group in Phase 1 of the league. The Under 13s also qualified for Phase 2 of their league, while the Women’s National League Under 17 side, coached by Sarah Healy, are currently in third place in their league.
Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Colin Healy welcomed news of the partnership, saying: “We are very proud to be a community club that is working with local clubs and local players to give kids in Cork, and further afield, the opportunity to progress into the professional game. The support given by Cork Credit Unions will be a significant boost to our Academy, as we look to build on the success we have had so far this year.”
Paul Deasy, Commercial and Marketing Manager of Cork City Football Club commented: “We are delighted that Cork Credit Unions have come on board for the remainder of the 2019 academy season. It is a sponsorship that ties in wonderfully with what we are about as a club in regards to working in the community with families and being accessible to everyone from all parts of Cork. We are looking forward to how this partnership can flourish over the coming months and, hopefully, beyond.”
Gary Hanrahan, a representative of Cork Credit Unions, also spoke at the recent launch, saying: “At the heart of Credit Union ethos is helping communities and watching them grow. This is what we hope and know we will see with the boys & girls of Cork City academy who have been given the opportunity to develop and hone their skills with the very best. We look forward to following the progress of the academy over the season.”