‘Ambassador’ Jackie to help drive to help clubs

THINK when buying, having your car serviced or taking a test drive is the advice to Kilkenny GAA fans, because by so doing you can help your local club.

THINK when buying, having your car serviced or taking a test drive is the advice to Kilkenny GAA fans, because by so doing you can help your local club.

With Kilkenny star, Jackie Tyrrell involved as a ‘Brand Ambassador’, Opel Ireland has launch the 2012 ‘Kit for Clubs’ initiative and called on all sporting enthusiasts across Kilkenny to support their local GAA clubs.

For every car service (10 points), test drive (10 points) or Opel purchase (200 points) made through the Opel dealer network, the club of your choice is awarded points which can be built up and redeemed against high quality kit for your club. It’s that simple!

Kilkenny GAA fans have been encouraged to collect points to earn free sports kit and equipment for their local club through the initiative. Opel Ireland announce that this year’s ‘Brand Ambassadors’ are Jackie Tyrrell, Colm Cooper (Kerry), Joe Canning (Galway) and Liam Rushe (Dublin).

Advantages obvious

Páraic Duffy, GAA Director General, said the advantages of being involved in a scheme such as this were obvious and the provision of training and playing gear was a welcome payback to members and clubs who look to Opel for their motoring needs.

“It is also encouraging to see some of our top players supporting this scheme and lending their profile to help raise awareness about what is an excellent initiative,” he added.

GPA CEO Dessie Farrell said the scheme connected club and county in a practical way with the county player ambassadors helping to raise awareness for an initiative that had real tangible benefits for club volunteers.

“We are delighted to support Opel ‘Kit for Clubs’ and once again thank Opel for their wonderful loyal support of players and Gaelic games,” he added.

Dave Sheeran, MD Opel Ireland, said the initiative further underlined their commitment to GAA players and clubs across the country.

“The initiative is about supporting clubs at a grass roots level in a practical way by providing them with much needed quality training gear, for free,” he said.

The fourth year

Now in its fourth year, Opel Ireland’s ‘Kit for Clubs’ has 550 GAA clubs registered on the programme, who accumulated 51,890 points in total in 2011. That is the equivalent of 10,378 sliotars!

GAA clubs can choose from an extensive range of kit which includes everything from sliotair (5 points) to footballs (10 points) and from goal posts (100 points) to tackle bags (100 bags).

New to the programme this year is the addition of juvenile club jerseys (800 points) and senior club jerseys (1,000 points) provided by MASITA, official supplier of the GAA.

To get involved clubs log on to www.opelkitforclubs.com, “like” Opel ‘Kit for Clubs’ on facebook or visit the local Opel dealer to register your club and start building the club’s points.