SoftCo Extends Partnership with Hockey Ireland and Looks to the Future.
April 5th 2023
SoftCo, the global leader in Procure-to-Pay and Compliance solutions, is proud to announce the extension of their award-winning partnership with Hockey Ireland, the governing body for hockey in Ireland. SoftCo will continue to support both the men’s and women’s high performance hockey teams and development squads in their pursuit of excellence on the international stage until the end of 2024.
In addition, SoftCo will invest in the development of underage talent with coaching programmes and the involvement of the Irish senior squads in underage coaching to support the next generation of hockey players. SoftCo will also fund online skills training digital content, commencing with goalkeeping skills, which will be available to all coaches and players in the Hockey Ireland development pathway. SoftCo sponsored players will be available to underage representative panels throughout the country, supporting regional coaching groups.
This partnership reaffirms SoftCo’s longstanding commitment to growth and development of hockey in Ireland, which began in 2018 when SoftCo became the lead sponsor of the Women’s Senior Team who won Silver in the 2018 FIH World Cup. The partnership was further extended when SoftCo became the lead sponsor to the Men’s Senior Team, as well as the U21/ National development squads for girls and boys in 2021.
“We’re delighted to extend our partnership with Hockey Ireland at such an exciting time with the Men’s side’s participation in the FIH Pro League and the excitement of the Paris Olympic Games just around the corner. SoftCo has supported club hockey for 20 years and we are particularly pleased to expand our partnership with Hockey Ireland to include the support of underage coaching and online skills training to help develop the future stars of the sport. ” commented, Susan Spence, Co-Founder, SoftCo.
Hockey Ireland CEO, Ronan Murphy, said: “SoftCo share our vision for the growth and development of hockey in Ireland at all levels and this extended partnership deepens the relationship with one of our longest standing partners.
It’s an exciting time for hockey in Ireland with our international teams competing at the very highest level and with underage participation through schools and clubs across the country at an all-time high. I look forward to working with SoftCo as we continue to support our high-performance squads as well as provide the future stars of Team Ireland with the greatest opportunity to fulfil their potential.”