AIG continue to demonstrate their support to grow GAA at all levels in the Capital with their sponsorship of the Dublin Masters Football Team
Former Dublin footballers and current Dublin Masters players, Peader Andrews, Ray Cosgrove and Shane Ryan were on hand to assist AIG, proud supporter of GAA at all levels in Dublin, with the announcement of their new partnership with the Dublin Masters Football Team.
After a five-year absence Dublin have re-entered the Masters competition; an over 40’s football competition that provides an opportunity for former intercounty players and active club players to represent their county once again or for the first time.
The 2018 Dublin Masters side is managed and coached by former Dublin Junior, Cavan and Louth boss Val Andrews with the assistance of Gary O’Connell and Keith Crossan from Erin’s Isle GAA Club. The team is made up of players from all corners of the county including some former legends who make up the 35-member panel.
The team have had a successful start to their season, beating Westmeath in their opening game and will have their second outing this coming Saturday when they face Galway in Parnell’s GAA Club.
Speaking at the launch today John Gillick Sponsorship Manager at AIG Ireland and current Dublin Masters footballer commented: “Personally, I’m delighted the decision was made to re-enter a Dublin side into the Masters competition. As you get older there is a tendency for players to pack in their hobbies, but this competition provides an outlet for players who may still be looking to compete at a high level even in their forties.
“From my own experience, only good can come from being involved in sport, and in particular a team sport, it helps promote a healthy lifestyle and helps keep a clear head too. You also make great friends through playing football and I’m sure that will be the case with this Dublin side too.
“As a sponsor, we in AIG are also delighted to be involved with this Masters Team, we are very passionate about promoting sport, across all codes and age groups in Dublin and the support to this over 40’s side is another example of how we are committed to making this happen.”
Gaelic Masters Association Chairman, John Pat Sheridan said; “We’re thrilled the Dubs have re-entered the Masters competition. We now have 16 teams in total competing in this year’s competition, a massive leap from just 5 teams who competed in 2011.
“Other counties have expressed an interest to play in next year’s championship and we look forward to welcoming them. Thanks to AIG who have been very supportive in the promotion of the Dublin Masters team and the best of luck to all the teams taking part in this year’s competition.”
For more information on the progress of the Dublin Masters side, follow their dedicated Facebook page: www.facebook.com/dublingaelicmasters/