University College Cork and Cork City Football Club have today announced a four year partnership which recognises the educational value of sport. Cáthal Power of The Daily Shift has the details…
UCC and the Mardyke Arena UCC are delighted to announce a partnership with Cork City FC. The partnership, which will run for four years, will offer scholarship opportunities for undergraduate degree programmes to a number of players that are on the books of Cork City FC.
The League of Ireland Airtricity Premier Division club will also work closely with the world-class Mardyke Arena sporting facilities in UCC. The partnership which deepens the relationship between UCC and the sporting community will commence on the January 1 2013. The Mardyke Arena will become the preferred choice provider of Performance Analysis Services for CCFC. The Leesiders will also benefit from fitness, strength, and conditioning expertise, as well as player rehabilitation programmes. This will assist Cork City in reviewing and improving game and individual player performance.
The Performance Laboratory at the Mardyke will also facilitate squad-training sessions at their elite facility for both fitness testing and health screening. Access to rehabilitation sessions for any potential injuries incurred on the pitch is also provided for under the agreement.
In return, Cork City FC will provide sponsorship rights and other opportunities to UCC and the Mardyke Arena, including match day programme advertising, pitch side signage and on-going collaboration in promoting UCC and the Mardyke Arena as sponsors.
Speaking at the announcement, Cork City Chief Executive Tim Murphy said:
“We are delighted to have agreed this partnership with such a well-known and highly respected Cork institution. This partnership will see two strong Cork brands working together and I am confident that there will be big benefits to both parties. Cork City Football Club is growing all the time, and I believe that working with University College Cork will be of great help in that regard. As a community owned club, we are proud to work with several strong Cork organisations, and the addition of UCC to our stable of partners is a significant one. I would like to thank Dr Michael Murphy and his team for their co-operation and assistance in putting this partnership together, and I greatly look forward to working with them.”
Patsy Ryan, General Manager, Mardyke Arena UCC comments:
“We are very pleased that Cork City FC, one of the top Airtricity Premier Division teams in Ireland, has chosen the Mardyke Arena UCC as their preferred fitness, strength and conditioning, performance analysis and player rehabilitation provider for the next four years. Together we hope to achieve great success and in the process raise the profile of the Mardyke Arena UCC and Cork City FC both nationally and internationally.”
The move symbolises UCC’s commitment to developing sport as part of the overall student experience in UCC, and in giving back to the community. The partnership is particularly timely given the series of events already held this year marking a centenary of sporting success at UCC (UCC Sport 1911-2011).
Recent events include a unique honorary conferring ceremony held in September, which recognised some of Ireland’s greatest sportspeople, and the redevelopment of the Mardyke Arena in April. New elite sports scholarships were also announced in 2012, including the Roy Keane UCC Sport 100 Soccer Scholarship and the Michael J Dowling UCC Sport 100 Hurling Scholarship.