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  • Northside East

DCU teams up with Shels for major sponsorship deal

Thursday, 1st March, 2018 6:00pm
DCU teams up with Shels for major sponsorship deal

Pictured at the sponsorship announcement at Tolka Park last week were (from left): James Galvin, director of Sport DCU; Joe Casey, chairman, Shelbourne FC; Owen Heary, manager, Shelbourne senior team); and Professor Brian MacCraith, DCU President. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

DCU teams up with Shels for major sponsorship deal

Pictured at the sponsorship announcement at Tolka Park last week were (from left): James Galvin, director of Sport DCU; Joe Casey, chairman, Shelbourne FC; Owen Heary, manager, Shelbourne senior team); and Professor Brian MacCraith, DCU President. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

A NEW strategic partnership involving Dublin City University and Shelbourne FC was announced at Tolka Park last week.

The partnership will seek to develop a range of initiatives aimed at enhancing the famous Dublin football club and the Northside university, including:

● Player development at Shelbourne FC through access to DCU coaching, specialist facilities etc.

● Player development at DCU through pathways onto Shelbourne FC teams.

● Scholarships for gifted soccer players wishing to develop their sporting talents while accessing a first-class education.

● Joint community engagement initiatives in the region.

● The Harding Cup (a major tournament for first year university students) is hosted by DCU this year and the final will take place in Tolka Park.

The new plan will also see DCU featured as the main sponsor on Shelbourne FC’s shirts. In addition, advertising promoting the college will be displayed around the ground at Tolka Park. 

The partnership is expected to evolve and expand over the coming years.

Speaking about the sponsorship agreement, DCU President, Professor Brian MacCraith, said: “DCU has always placed a strong emphasis on sport and this new partnership allows us to bring soccer to a new level in the university. 

“We are proud to be involved with a club with such a distinguished history as Shelbourne FC and we share their ambitions for future success. 

“We also believe that this project will significantly strengthen the scope of our engagement with the North Dublin community through our commitment to excellence in soccer.”

Shelbourne FC chairman, Joe Casey, commented: “DCU’s sponsorship and the potential for a wider partnership is a significant development for the club. I very much welcome their recognition of the part that the club can play in helping DCU to achieve its community and sporting excellence objectives, which align well with our strategic plans.”

Shelbourne FC brings a wealth of tradition to the venture. Founded in 1895, the club has won 13 National League titles, seven FAI cups and its past heroes include, among others, recently retired Irish international Wesley Hoolahan.

Shelbourne FC also has a thriving Youth Academy section for both boys and girls and one of the country’s leading Women’s National League sides. In 2017, the club launched its ‘Shels in the Community’ initiative.

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