Nissan is to continue as the Official Vehicle Partner of the Football Association of Ireland for a new three-year term up to 2026, writes Trish Whelan.
Nissan has played a pivotal role in driving the development of football in communities all over Ireland since it became an FAI partner in September 2019.
The car company will continue to supply a fleet of 55 vehicles to FAI Development Officers and other personnel working across Ireland to promote football and to attract girls and boys of all ages and abilities to play the game.
The total value of the cars is €2 million and the fleet includes the new Nissan Qashqai e-Power which allows drivers to experience the thrill of EV driving without ever having to plug in the car to recharge it. Other cars supplied to the fAI are 100pc electric, mild hybrid and hybrid vehicles as part of an ongoing green initiative which is helping the FAI reduce its carbon footprint.
Commenting, FAI CEO, Jonathan Hill, said: “The 55 electrified vehicles keep our Development Officers on the road, enabling the many grassroots initiatives all over the country and help drive greater participation across our game.” Seamus Morgan, Managing Director of Nissan Ireland, wants to see even more coaching programmes taking place in schools, clubs and communities across Ireland.
The extended sponsorship has been welcomed by ROI National Team Manager, Stephen Kenny, (pictured above) and by the ROI Women’s National Team Manager, Vera Pauw.