Eugene F Collins, one of Ireland’s leading law firms, announced its sponsorship of Ireland’s U-16, U-18 and U-21 girls’ teams for the next 12 months.
The focus is on supporting these teams into the future and “supports Eugene F Collins aim to Empower Future Champions”.
All three teams have busy summers ahead.The U16s travel to Germany for a tri-nations series with Germany and the Netherlands in May and then play host to a six nations tournament with Germany, England, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain to Cork in July.
The U-18s travel to Santander for the U-18 European Championships where they will face Germany, England and Belarus in the showpiece event of the junior age group calendar. The U-21s have fixtures against Wales and England to look forward to along with an U-23 invitational tournament in Belgium in July.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Mark Walsh Managing Partner at Eugene F Collins said: “We are delighted to announce our sponsorship today of the U16, U18 and U21 Hockey Ireland girls’ teams.
“At Eugene F Collins, as an Irish owned and run organisation, we want to play our part in supporting young Irish talent, both as regards those we hire and develop within our firm professionally, but also in the wider community.
“As our name, EFC confirms, we are about ‘Empowering Future Champions’. This sponsorship allows us to make a very real difference to these teams and help them achieve their full potential in the upcoming tournaments and indeed in the future with an eye to Olympic qualification.
“2018 marks the start of an exciting journey for these teams and as an organisation we’re excited to see how these teams progress and grow.”
Hockey Ireland CEO Jerome Pels added: “Teamwork is a core value of Eugene F Collins and we are thrilled to be working with a partner that understands the commitment and dedication of these players.
“It is an exciting year for hockey at all age groups; with several tournaments in the pipeline for junior teams and of course a World Cup for both of our senior teams, there will be plenty of hockey for the public to watch and support over the coming months”.