The Olympic Federation of Ireland has secured another major sponsor in the run-up to Tokyo 2020 with global job site Indeed coming on board.
The announcement was made in front of an enthusiastic workforce, as well as two Government Ministers at the company’s EMEA Headquarters yesterday in Dublin’s Docklands.
It was part of an announcement of 600 new jobs being added to that workforce and the arrival of such a bright young company on the sponsorship scene is a coup for team Ireland.
Rhys McClenaghan and Natalya Coyle were interviewed by Dublin GAA star Bernard Brogan as part of the launch and Coyle drew gasps of awe when explaining what the Modern Pentathlon was all about.
The fact that she is ranked number three in the world puts her firmly in the spotlight as a potential medallist next year.
The same can be said of McClenaghan who won the European Championship in the pommel Horse last year and is also highly regarded as a potential Olympian.
Thomas Barr and Sanita Puspure were also announced as Indeed Team Ireland ambassadors.
Within the Team Ireland partnership, Indeed will collaborate with the OFI Athletes’ Commission and partners to create a programme of workshops, mentoring and job placements for athletes to help them manage their careers alongside their athletic endeavours and plan for their future working life.
The programme will be a two-way initiative, with Team Ireland athletes providing their knowledge and expertise to Indeed’s Dublin based workforce.
In the build-up to the 2020 games, Team Ireland athletes and representatives will participate in a series of events for Indeed staff tackling topics such as leadership, resilience and the importance of mental wellbeing and mindfulness.
The campaign is likely to expand as well into digital and social media. Darragh McGinley who was responsible for developing the FAI’s social presence joined the company earlier this year.
“Team Ireland represents the pursuit of excellence and the focus needed to achieve a goal,” said Chris Hyams, Indeed CEO.
“We are very proud to be part of the journey to Tokyo 2020 with all the Irish athletes hoping to realise their dreams. Our mission is to help people get jobs and we hope our nearly 9,000 employees all over the world can learn from and be inspired by the many stories of determination and success that the Irish Olympic team will share with us.”
“Indeed has invested strongly in Ireland and we thank them for their support for our athletes when they represent us on the global stage,” added Peter Sherrard, CEO of the Olympic Federation of Ireland.
“Naturally, a huge amount of our focus is on athlete performance but athlete welfare is extremely important to us as well. We are very happy that Indeed will provide mentoring, placement and career transition advice to support Team Ireland during the build-up to and transition from the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.”
This is the fourth major partnership that the Olympic Federation have signed at national level in the past six months following on from FBD Insurance, Adidas and Circle K.
The spectacular pictures taken at the launch were from Billy Stickland of Inpho Photography.