CityJet, the Irish European regional airline, has announced it is the new sponsor of London GAA’s senior championships this year.
The airline, which has its major hub at London City Airport, is the new title sponsor of both London senior football and senior hurling championships, taking over from Danny Sullivan & Sons Ltd. and Ardent Tide.
London GAA is affiliated to Ireland’s major national sporting organisation, which boasts hundreds of thousands of players and members, mainly in Ireland but also with affiliates across the globe. The announcement follows CityJet sponsorship deals with the FAI and Leinster Rugby.
Making the announcement, Cathal O’ Connell, CityJet’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “London GAA plays a pivotal role in the lives of thousands of Irish people living in the greater London area – and increasingly through its schools’ programme is attracting players with no family connections to Ireland.”
“We are delighted to sponsor competitions for an organisation that is at the centre of Irish life for so many in London and offers a home from home.
“The GAA helps in linking Irish people together when abroad but also in integrating them with their neighbours and the wider community,” he added.
The airline hopes that this relationship will attract London GAA members to its service out of London City Airport, which boasts check-in 15 minutes before flight with carry-on luggage or 30 minutes with checked luggage.
The airline also offers complimentary snack and drinks on board, and baggage charges are included in the travel price, as well as easy access and travel options out of London City Airport.
London GAA secretary, Mark Gottsche, said: “London GAA are delighted to have CityJet on board as the title sponsors of the London Senior Football and Hurling Championship for 2016. We are especially delighted to attract such an internationally recognised brand to work in partnership with us in the promotion of our games and competitions here in London.”
“We have built an excellent relationship with CityJet over the past number of years through travel for our Inter County Teams for National League and Championship games in Ireland. As an organisation we are looking forward to working closely with CityJet in what promises to be an exciting year in Senior Football and Hurling