Goodbody Stockbrokers have stepped into sports sponsorship for the first time with a new bursary scheme to be applied through Rugby Players Ireland.
The scheme will create the Goodbody Rugby Players Ireland Personal Development Bursary, which is aiding the development and progression of 12 players’ off-field careers and academic studies.
The firm’s market-leading team of financial specialists and advisers will also work with Rugby Players Ireland to provide career, business development, retirement transition and financial guidance to their members.
“For many of today’s players, the road to professional rugby begins at a young age,” said Goodbody Managing Partner Roy Barrett.
“It can be incredibly difficult to juggle demanding training schedules alongside academic studies or career training. Similarly, moving on from professional rugby to a new potential career can be daunting.”
“Through our new partnership with Rugby Players Ireland and our sponsorship of the Goodbody Rugby Players Ireland Personal Development Bursary, we are directly supporting players who are going through these transitions and helping them on the journey to their post-rugby careers.”
“We want to make a lasting contribution to their lives and believe this kind of educational support can have a major impact over the long term.”
The 12 Goodbody Rugby Players Ireland Personal Development Bursary recipients were selected by a board of trustees, based on submissions from Rugby Players Ireland members.
Sitting on the board of trustees were Professor Roger Downer, President Emeritus at UL, Denis Hurley, Rugby Players Ireland Operations Manager, Sarah Moriarty and Finbarr Griffin from Goodbody.
The 12 recipients are made up of four players from the women’s programme, four academy players and four senior players.
Join us tomorrow morning when we will carry an exclusive interview with Sarah Moriarty, Head of Brand Marketing at Goodbody on how the partnership came about and how the process to select the winners came to life.
“Our mission at Rugby Players Ireland is to act in the best interests of our members and source and provide the opportunities they need to be the best they can be – both as professional athletes and successful individuals,” added Rugby Players Ireland CEO Simon Keogh.
“This new partnership with Goodbody symbolises everything we strive to achieve for our members and their sponsorship of the bursary programme is life-changing for the successful recipients. We are delighted to welcome Goodbody on board and we look forward to maximising the potential of our partnership.”
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