Oughterard AFC have received a welcome windfall of €10,000 as part of Cadbury’s ‘Become a Supporter and a Half’ initiative.
Oughterard are one of five winners of the donation, which is meant to support grassroots women’s football by helping to grow participation, facilitating clubs to make upgrades to facilities.
The initiative has been established with the FAI as part of Cadbury’s official partnership with the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team.
Oughterard AFC Chairperson, Barney McAleer said, “This donation is huge for the club and particularly for the senior women’s team.”
“The participation among our women’s team has been growing and to receive this support from Cadbury will only serve to retain and grow that membership.”
“It’s important that the women’s team have quality facilities that they know they will have access to when they need them, so this will provide a huge boost to the team.”
Following an open application process, the club submitted their entry to facilitate the upgrade of changing and showering facilities for the women’s team.
Oughterard AFC were awarded the donation along with four other clubs across the country following an evaluation process among a panel of judges from the FAI and Cadbury.
The level of donations was reached through Irish consumers purchasing special packs in-store.
Brand Manager for Cadbury Ireland, Eileen Leahy, said. “We’re delighted to be in a position to support some great grassroots women’s football clubs like Oughterard AFC.”
“We want to help break down some of the barriers that women’s grassroots football teams face today. Improving facilities can make a big difference in interest and participation so we’re proud to support clubs looking to do just that.”
The ‘Become a Supporter and a Half’ initiative will also see clubs receiving a number of exclusive football experiences later this year.
The development of this initiative comes off the back of a Cadbury survey aimed at discovering what would encourage more women to get involved in football,
That survey found that 65% of respondents felt that better facilities were a key area that needs to be improved.