Fota Island Resort in Cork is to be the new title sponsor of the FAI Gaynor Cup, Ireland’s leading soccer tournament for juvenile girls at U16 and U14 level.
It is a major development milestone and has seen players of the calibre of Katie McCabe and Stephanie Roche compete before going on to full international status.
This year’s tournament will take place at the University of Limerick from Thursday, June 22 through to Sunday, June 25.
The link-up with Fota Island Resort – one of Europe’s leading five-star luxury resorts based to the east of Cork City will bring a bigger spotlight onto the tournament.
The resort hosted the irish Open Golf tournament in 2014 and worked closely with local authorities and other businesses to deliver record crowds for the event, playing very much on the Munster Pride connection.
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“We’re proud to announce our sponsorship of the Fota Island Resort Gaynor Cup,” said Seamus Leahy, Director of Marketing at the Fota Collection.
“We look forward to working with the FAI to help support these fantastic young athletes and to play a role in helping bring women’s football to the top of the Irish sporting agenda.”
“With participation in women’s football growing by the day, it was a natural choice for Fota Island Resort to support this important tournament.”
“Although we’re first and foremost sponsoring the Gaynor Cup, we see this as a proactive partnership with women’s football as a whole and will continue to look for ways to support and encourage girls and women to get involved in football.”
It is a crowded marketplace now for elite hotels within the FAI sponsorship family with Tetrarch Group who own Mount Juliet and a majority Stake in the Marker Hotel also on board as the FAI’s Community Partner.
“Having tripled its numbers in recent years with almost 1,000 girls expected to be involved this year, the Gaynor Cup remains one of the best tournaments to aid the development of female footballers in this country,” added FAI CEO John Delaney.
“A lot of credit must go to Niamh O’Donogue, Sue Ronan, Dave Connell, members of the WFAI and the many volunteers who have helped the tournament to grow from strength to strength. And the FAI are delighted to play a bigger role this year in its organisation and running.”
“When you have a competition that produces the likes of Stephanie Roche and Katie McCabe, established Republic of Ireland senior internationals, then you know it is something special. The Gaynor Cup plays a big role in the development of women’s football, which is incredibly important to the Association and is one of the nine pillars in our Strategic Plan for 2020.
“The addition of Fota Island Resort as a sponsor is terrific because it allows the tournament to grow even more and further strengthen its reputation. We are delighted to have Fota Island Resort onboard and look forward to kickstarting the partnership.”