Northern Ireland’s leading waste management company, RiverRidge Recycling, has been confirmed as the new sponsor of Derry GAA’s Youth Development Squad for 2016.
The Derry GAA Development Squad programme, which was launched in 2009, sets out to provide the county’s emerging sporting talent with the best chance of making the transition from capable youth to successful county minor and senior footballers.
Finance Director Eamon Doherty of RiverRidge Recycling commented on the announcement, “RiverRidge Recycling is extremely proud to be the new sponsor of Derry GAA’s Youth Development Squad. The company strives to reach out and help the community in many ways and gives back when and where possible.
“As sponsors we are delighted to support the development of these young players and hope that our sponsorship assists them in improving their skills and ultimately make the successful move to being intercounty senior players.”
Squad members will focus on skill development, which contribute to the player’s competitive game time, as well as participating in numerous province wide tournaments to ensure the young players are afforded the best opportunity to maximise their undoubted potential.
Derry county chairman, Brian Smith comments, “I would like to thank Eamon Doherty and all at RiverRidge Recycling for the support they have given to our development efforts. They are a forward-looking and innovative company with strong links to the local community.
“Our new partnership arrangement will enable us to further progress our efforts in developing young players, providing them with access to the best environment possible in which to fulfil their potential for their clubs and county.
“We firmly believe that the best coaches bring out the best in all players. I therefore want to thank our Director of Football, Brian McIver and all the coaches who are now on board. We have a top class team assembled with a vast knowledge of the game, and who are determined to advance Derry football over the coming years.”
At present there are around 170 players who have been identified and are now part of the development squad programme. They will not only benefit their county but also their own clubs and schools via their involvement in the youth development squad.
Eamon Doherty concludes; “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Derry GAA and those behind the development squad. They are committed and dedicated to these young players. They ensure that these young talented men become the best they possibly can be at this sport and we strongly support their efforts. We are very delighted to help the future stars of Derry GAA.”