Officials of sponsors Rigid Ireland, Limerick GAA and underage players at the sponsorship launch
IRISH corrugated packaging company Rigid Containers Ireland Ltd has once again extended its support to Limerick GAA's Underage Academy teams - for the third consecutive year sponsoring the underage team jersey.
Limerick senior hurling manager John Kiely attributes team success to early intervention and support, particularly through the work of the Underage Academy.
“The importance of the Academy structure and the work the coaches within that structure do with the young Limerick players in their skill development, game management, strength and conditioning and personal development off the pitch is absolutely essential in ensuring the continued player growth that will see these players emerge from the academy ready to perform at the highest level for their county. Were it not for the Academy structure of the last 10 years we would not have seen the current Senior team success,” said the All-Ireland winning manager.
Mark Munnelly, Rigid Containers Site Director was at the launch in the Gaelic Grounds this Tuesday evening.
“Rigid Containers Ireland is a company with a track record of investing early in businesses and the community, just as Limerick GAA has invested in underage hurling and football through the Academy Structure. This past 12 months has proven, if proof was needed, just how important such support is to future success in both sport and business, and it is these shared ideals that make Rigid Containers and Limerick GAA the perfect partnership," said Mark Munnelly.
“Rigid Containers is particularly proud to be associated with underage hurling and Gaelic football in Limerick. Just over three years ago Rigid Containers’ parent company, VPK Packaging, bought ICS Europaks as a going concern. Since then we have invested €10 million in capital upgrades, infrastructure and general improvement of the Limerick site, as well as working closely with our staff and the local community," Mr Munnelly continued.
“Rigid Containers therefore recognises the importance of investing and supporting a project in the early months and years so that it can grow to its full potential. We are seeing the fruition of such investment in our business in the Galvone Business Park, and likewise we see it on the hurling pitch as a result of Limerick GAA’s support of underage teams. We are therefore happy to support these young Limerick teams through the continued sponsorship of their team jersey.”