AFTER the disappointing outcome of a certain World Cup qualifier between Ireland and France earlier this year, the suggestion that the referee “should have gone to Specsavers” became a common complaint.
Well now it appears that advice did not fall on deaf ears as the Ladies Gaelic Football Association have named optician giant Specsavers as the sponsors of their referees.
The two-year deal will see the Specsavers logo adorn the newly designed referees kit for national competitions such as the All-Ireland Championships, the National Leagues, the All-Ireland Club Championships, the All-Ireland Club Sevens and the All-Ireland Schools finals.
It will also ensure the 60-strong panel keep an eagle eye on the games as each referee will be given a complimentary eye examination.
Speaking at the sponsorship launch, chief executive of Ladies Gaelic Football Helen O’Rourke said it was a great for the sport to have such a high-profile sponsor on board.
“Our national panel of volunteer referees travel the length and breadth of the country and this sponsorship will provide them with some much deserved support.
“This is another clear signal that high-profile sponsors want to be associated with Ladies Football, the most popular female sport in Ireland,” she said.
Store director of Specsavers Seamus Breslin added that they were delighted to be the first ever sponsors of the Ladies Gaelic Football referees.
“Many of our staff and customers play and support Gaelic Football and we understand that good vision is vital to good sportsmanship and the integrity of referees’ decisions.
“Our sponsorship will ensure the refs are seeing clearly — something that is sure to resonate with the refs and fans.”
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