Wexford GAA is delighted to announce Zurich Insurance in Ireland as its new main sponsor. The sponsorship deal will run for an initial four-year period year from 2020 and will provide very important support to Wexford GAA in the coming years and will further embed Zurich, a very significant employer in Drinagh, Wexford, in the local sporting community.
This partnership has come about after extensive discussions with Wexford GAA’s commercial steering group and will underpin the further development of our games from underage to adult intercounty level. Wexford GAA has made significant progress in the last couple of years both on and off the field and the recent reappointment of Davy Fitzgerald as senior hurling manager and the appointment of Paul Galvin as senior football manager point to more exciting times ahead. The achievements of the senior hurlers in winning their first Leinster title in 15 years in 2019, and of the minor hurlers in winning the provincial title for the first time since 1985, give us a really strong platform to work from. Building a partnership with a global company such as Zurich that has a very strong presence in Wexford is another key step in the Wexford GAA journey.
GAA is at the heart of local communities across Wexford. Zurich has grown its presence in Wexford since 2008 and it now employs over 230 people in the county and has demonstrated a strong commitment to the local community. Zurich employees at all levels of the business have a strong engagement in grassroots GAA and this new partnership will further strengthen Zurich’s involvement in the GAA across the county.
Derek Kent, Wexford County Chairman, commented: “We are delighted to be announcing this sponsorship agreement between Wexford GAA and Zurich. We have a bright future across both codes with Paul and Davy at the helm and with excellent work being done at underage in our schools and clubs. We are excited to have Zurich, who have become embedded in the Wexford community, alongside us on the next phase of our journey as we aim for continued success at all levels of Wexford GAA”. The Chairman also thanked the outgoing sponsor, GAIN Animal Nutrition, for their strong support since 2014.
Anthony Brennan, CEO of Zurich Ireland, said: “We are incredibly proud to sign as headline sponsor of Wexford GAA. The sponsorship is a true reflection of our values as a long-standing proud member of the Wexford business community and is consistent with Zurich’s long-term association with grassroots sport in Ireland.”
For further information please contact Éanna Martin, Wexford GAA Commercial Manager, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (087) 991 1027
About Wexford GAA
Wexford GAA comprises of 49 clubs around the county with a strong dual code focus. It established a Commercial Steering Group in 2017 to improve fundraising capacity and structures in order to provide the best possible support to our teams at all levels. In 2018, we appointed Éanna Martin as our first-ever Commercial Manager and increased funding since then has enabled Wexford GAA to roll out a range of initiatives to support our games and our clubs at all levels. Games Promotion Officers have been appointed to more than half our clubs, structured training programmes are rolled out to our underage squads and an annual Health and Wellbeing week was launched this year. Further information regarding a formal launch event to mark this sponsorship agreement will follow in the coming weeks.
Zurich employs over 1,000 people across its locations in Dublin and Wexford. Zurich in Ireland is part of Zurich Insurance Group, a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With about 53,000 employees, the Group’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, including multinational corporations, in more than 170 countries. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. Zurich Insurance plc is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.