- Corporate sponsorship reflects AbbVie’s commitment to equality,
diversity and inclusion (ED&I) in the community
- AbbVie has been sponsoring the Sligo GAA Senior Men’s, U-21 and
Junior Football teams since 2016
- New partnership
means both the ladies and men’s football teams in Sligo will now be
sponsored by the same company for the first time
- AbbVie is the only multinational pharmaceutical company
supporting an inter-county GAA team in either code
Sligo Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) and
biopharmaceutical company AbbVie announced a three-year sponsorship at
the company’s facility on the Manorhamilton Road, Sligo today.
The arrangement will see the AbbVie logo appear on the Senior
ladies’ football team jerseys until the end of the 2022. The new 2020
season Sligo LGFA jersey will be revealed in advance of the team’s
Division 3 Round 5 fixture against Longford on March 8th next.
The partnership provides the Sligo LGFA with much needed funding to
help develop and grow the ladies game throughout the county.
AbbVie also sponsors of the Sligo men’s county GAA Senior, U-21 and
Junior football team jerseys.
This new sporting partnership further underscores the biopharma
company’s support of local communities and sports organisations,
whilst demonstrating a firm commitment to equality, diversity and
inclusion (ED&I) practices, both inside and outside of the organisation.
AbbVie’s support of wellbeing, mental health initiatives and female
employee development has also helped the company secure an Ibec
KeepWell award and recognition as a Great Place to Work for Women by
the Great Place to Work Institute.
AbbVie’s new partnership with the Sligo LGFA also means that it is
now the only multinational pharmaceutical company in Ireland to
support an inter-county team in either code regardless of gender.
AbbVie has two plants in Sligo, one in Ballytivnan and the other at
Manorhamilton Road. Many of the company’s 400-plus employees are
currently involved in GAA and the LGFA or have previously played the
sport at various levels.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Columba McGarvey, Site Director
AbbVie Ballytivnan, Sligo said: “We are delighted to be
extending our existing sporting partnership to include the Sligo
Ladies LGFA senior football team. AbbVie has been a strong supporter
of the men’s teams for the past four years and this new partnership is
a natural progression for our company, particularly as many of our
female employees are involved in the sport.”
Darren Egan, Site Director AbbVie Manorhamilton Road, Sligo
added: “Embracing equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to
AbbVie and we hope that our support of Sligo LGFA will help to
showcase and foster the incredible sporting talent that exists across
Chairperson of Sligo LGFA, Raymond Carden thanked AbbVie for
their support and said:
"As chairperson of Sligo LGFA I am
delighted that AbbVie, a company with a significant presence in Sligo
and across the Northwest, will sponsor the Sligo senior ladies team
for the next three years. I am confident that the relationship with
AbbVie will benefit the development of ladies football in Sligo and,
as a county board, we are striving to increase participation at all
levels in the county.”
Sligo Senior Ladies Manager, Miceál Bohan also welcomed the new
partnership with AbbVie: "This is a fantastic partnership and
provides us with an exciting platform to better promote ladies
football in Sligo. In recent years, the excellent work of the Ladies
Gaelic Football Association has seen a huge increase in the coverage
given to our game and with the partnership of our new sponsors, Sligo
LGFA is confident that we can continue to grow in the years to come.”