Aoife Clarke, Lidl

Aoife Clarke is Head of Communications at Lidl and one of the key decision makers in the brand’s ongoing support of Ladies Football.

Clarke was in charge of PR and Social Media through the launch phase of the partnership that has in many ways revolutionised the way in which Women’s sport is perceived.

She featured as one of our Social Media Mavens back in 2016 and has now taken on wider responsibility for sponsorship and communications at Lidl.

Speaking on the Media Matters podcast last month Clarke spoke of how “It would have been so easy for us to become a sponsor of a much higher profile sport, pay out a huge sum of money, have your logo somewhere, have it on screens at every match. But that for us wasn’t what we wanted to do. We wanted to make a difference.”

They have certainly done that, picking up major awards at every turn but never losing sight of the theme of bringing the partnership through every level from school to club and all the way to County.

The 50,141 spectators who turned up at Croke park in September for the TG4 All Ireland would not have been so great in number were it not for Lidl’s position as retail partner and the willingness of TG4 and Ladies Football to build a collective approach to supporting the finals and every step along the way towards them.


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