EY has signed an exclusive sponsorship with the newly formed Irish Hockey League, kicking off in September 2015. According to Managing Partner for EY Ireland Mike McKerr, the sponsorship follows EY’s ambition to build the best performing teams as the firm can learn from professional sports people when it comes to leadership, teaming and developing winning strategies.
Irish Hockey League
Hockey is the third largest sport in the world, just behind football (#1) and cricket (#20), and is played across 260 schools and 165 clubs in Ireland by more than 144,000 participants. The Irish Hockey League* is an all-island hockey competition which provides hockey clubs the opportunity to challenge each other, while further developing high performance players for the challenge of international hockey. The League is seen as an integral part of the preparation cycle for the Olympic and World Cup.
In line with its ambition to boost its strategy to build the best performing teams within the firm, EY has decided to sponsor the newly formed Irish Hockey League. The club competition, which will kick off in September 2015 and finish with a final in April 2016, covers all four provinces and see 20 of Ireland’s top male and female clubs battle it out to become league champions. Both the female and the male teams will showcase Ireland’s top players, such as Megan Frazer from the Ulster Elks and Eugene Magee from Banbridge.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Mike McKerr, Managing Partner for EY Ireland, says: “Building the highest performing teams is core to our success in EY and, when it comes to leadership, teaming and developing winning strategies, there is a great deal to learn from professional sports people. By supporting the highest performing teams in the sporting arena, as exemplified by the Irish Hockey League, we hope to expand on our own strategy to inspire effective and engaged teaming within our firm.”
Mike Heskin, CEO of Hockey Ireland, adds: “We are delighted to have EY as the sponsor of the new EY Irish Hockey league, the most prestigious hockey competition in Ireland. Irish hockey has great ambitions and this is the competition that will showcase our elite club players and provide an opportunity for hockey to shine the length and breadth of Ireland with top quality hockey on display throughout the year.”
* Prior to 2009, the competition existed as the All Ireland Club Championships.