Cork Women’s F.C. players Emer Gilroy and Trish Fennelly were delighted to attend the launch of a specially commissioned kit to support COPE – this kit will be worn in cup games this season by Cork Women’s F.C. while replica shirts will be available from Adrian Ryans Sports Gear Direct Tramore Road. Trish & Emer were in attendance along with Cope Players Sheila & Kathleen, COPE manager Martin Calnan & Adrian Ryan.
The launch also signified Cork Women’s F.C. and COPE Foundation’s official link-up – COPE Foundation will be sponsors of Cork Women’s F.C. for the coming season while Cork Women’s F.C. will still avail of the sports facilities in Montenotte. The more formal association comes about after both organisations have regularly collaborated on running Football For All camps designed to promote participation in the game for players of all abilities. The recently run camps were promoting the UEFA Respect Difference campaign and players of mixed ability competed together in a safe fun filled environment with coaching by CWFC players.
Speaking on the launch, Cork Women’s F.C. Assistant Manager Derek O’Gorman had this to say “We wanted to do something tangible to recognise and promote this fantastic local service and with the support of Adrian Ryan the kit idea came to fruition. We see it as a perfect way for the club to develop football in the local community and we are delighted as a Cork National League Club to support a local service while we also can provide tangible hands on coaching as well.”
Both the club and COPE Foundation are looking forward to a long association working together going forward. Cork Women’s F.C. will play their first home of the season on September 1st in Bishopstown Stadium against reigning Bus Éireann Women’s National League club Raheny United at 2.