UCC and Cork City FC deal: ‘The skull and crossbones and the Rebel Army are marrying’

"It reinforces our shared belief that sport and education together are a winning combination for success."

UCC and Cork City FC deal: ‘The skull and crossbones and the Rebel Army are marrying’

A comprehensive partnership agreement between University College Cork, Mardyke Arena and FAI Cup Winners, Cork City Football Club has been announced today.

The three-year agreement represents a significant sponsorship deal for Cork City FC with UCC and the Mardyke Arena, including front and rear jersey sponsorship, player fitness, training and rehabilitation support and university scholarships and educational supports for Cork City FC players.

“Sport is at the heart of UCC along with passion, commitment and the pursuit of excellence. Working with Cork City Football Club in recent years, we have seen how our values are very much aligned,” UCC President Dr. Michael Murphy said at the launch.

"The announcement today represents a real deepening in our partnership, which goes beyond typical sponsorship deals. It reinforces our shared belief that sport and education together are a winning combination for success. We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with Cork City FC and look forward to an exciting three years together.”

Cork City Football Club players, Gearoid Morrissey and Karl Sheppard, were among the players on campus to welcome the announcement and to showcase the new season Cork City FC jersey with UCC branding on the front and the Mardyke Arena on the back of the jersey.

The partners’ brands will appear on the jersey for three years from 2017 to the end of 2019.

Welcoming the announcement, Chairman of FORAS Trust and Cork City Football Club, Pat Lyons said, “Our partnership with UCC and the Mardyke Arena ensures that Cork City FC is once again setting a new standard for success. Working together over the last four years, we have leveraged the superb facilities at UCC and the Mardyke Arena for our players. Certainly this has helped us achieve our success to date, including winning the FAI Cup this year.

“Now, together with UCC, we are building further on our player development, availing of the extensive research network, data analytics and creating pathways for juniors, senior and retiring players in education for their sporting and personal development as well as their future careers.”

“Giving players, coaches and the performance team of Cork City FC access to the world class sporting facilities here at the Mardyke Arena will undoubtedly give Cork City FC increased fitness and rehabilitation capacity,” said Mr. Diarmuid Collins, Chairman of the Mardyke Arena and Chief Financial Officer, UCC.

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