Tipperary Announce Camida Ltd as New Sponsor

Sponsorship Launch Night

Raheen House, Clonmel was the venue for Tipperary Ladies Football and Camida Ltd., Clonmel’s launch of its official two year sponsorship of the Tipperary Ladies Intermediate football team.  Camida were the hosts and the large attendance was treated to an enjoyable nights proceedings. Speeches were kept to the minimum with emphasis on the players and the future for this Tipperary Intermediate team under manager Gerry McGill.

Tipp Ladies and Camida Launch

David Anchell, Managing Director Camida Ltd welcomed everyone to the launch and thanked Tipperary Ladies for the opportunity to get involved. He gave special mention to his own staff who had arranged all proceedings with their usual expertise and attention to detail. Admitting that this involvement is a new venture for Camida he stated he was keen to learn the GAA lingo in the coming years. David thanked team manager Gerry McGill who gave Camida the opportunity to become involved with the Tipperary Intermediate team at a time when the future certainly looks bright.

Camida were initially setup in 1988 and are a global bespoke chemical sourcing and distribution company based in Clonmel with a staff of thirty. In 2013 Camida decided to make community involvement more official in order to give back to the local communities. To this end they appointed its first ever Community Liaison Officer and began a partnership agreement with Scoil Ruain, Killenaule which continues to this day. Some of Camida’s employees are past pupils of Scoil Ruain and themselves now have children attending Scoil Ruain. Camida has already sponsored the school’s sports programmes and gives practical advice to students on business setup and associated matters. This association and the new sponsorship agreement with Tipperary Ladies Football will provide Camida with the opportunity to get to know its future workforce in Tipperary and will no doubt generate much goodwill in the community in general.

Gerry McGill in his address welcomed David and Camida onboard and thanked the Tipperary County Board for their support in his own appointment as manager of the team. He then went on to thank his backroom team for their work so far on behalf of the team, Jim Kilty, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Peter O’Leary,  Selector, Una O’Brien, Admin, Michael Nash & Richard O’Brien Physical Fitness coaches. Of course Donegal native Gerry McGill is no stranger to county football himself, either as a player or coach/manager and brings excellent expertise and experience to the current Tipperary setup and team.  Gerry coached the senior Dublin ladies for four years culminating in All Ireland success in 2010. He was previously involved with Laois ladies footballers and Tipperary ladies team in 2013 when they reached the All Ireland Intermediate final. In addition he has much experience with senior college’s football teams winning the O’Connor Cup with UCD on three occasions. He has also been a selector with the Tipperary senior and under 21 football teams.  Jim Kilty, Strength& Conditioning is well known in Athletics and GAA circles. Jim has run his own business in this area for many years and has coached world class Olympic Athletes and many  senior GAA teams including Tipperary hurlers. Many Tipperary GAA coaches and players will have undergone Speed, Agility & Quickness (SAQ) courses, amongst others with Jim in recent times.

Tipperary Ladies Football Chairperson, Mrs Biddy Ryan then addressed the assembly and stated that they were indeed exciting times for the Ladies team who are already doing very well in 2016 having won their last three National league games convincingly. Biddy thanked her county board officials for the hours of voluntary work put in week in week out all for the betterment and promotion of Ladies Gaelic Football. She looked forward to the year ahead in anticipation and encouraged the girls to continue apply themselves as a solid unit representing Tipperary ladies on the national stage. The goal of course is to get Tipperary ladies back into senior ranks and to compete successfully at this level, something which is achievable considering the talent coming through at juvenile grades in recent years.

Final speaker on the night was team Captain Edel Hanley who again thanked Camida for their sponsorship and support. Edel also thanked the management team for their input and stated that it was an absolute pleasure to be involved with this fine group of players and Tipperary setup. Edel herself has given many years service to Tipperary ladies and continues to lead the team by her own example on the field of play.

Following all speeches the team were presented with a new set of Camida / Tipperary jerseys and each player was also given a new bag of training gear courtesy of the sponsors. The jerseys will be worn in competitive action this Sunday 6th March when the ladies travel to Co Down to take on Down ladies in round five of the LIDL National League.

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