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Sky Ireland Launch Bursary To Support Members Of The Irish Women's Football Team

Sky Ireland Launch Bursary To Support Members Of The Irish Women's Football Team
By Colman Stanley

Sky Ireland have today announced a bursary for members of the Ireland women’s football team.

It is extremely positive news for the sport as the ‘Sky WNT Fund’ will support players’ academic studies and careers outside of football.

The initiative was launched in Dublin today, and it was announced that the fund will award a minimum of €25,000 to support five Women’s National Team players, with any player able to apply for the funding.

8 March 2022; Chief commercial officer at Sky Ireland Orlaith Ryan, centre, with from left, former WNT player Emma Byrne, Republic of Ireland women's national team player Saoirse Noonan, Republic of Ireland women's football team manager Vera Pauw and former WNT player Paula Gorhamat the launch of 'Sky WNT Fund' to support Women's National Team players off the pitch. 

Representing the WNT at the event were WNT manager Vera Pauw, forward Saoirse Noonan, and former players Emma Byrne and Paula Gorham.

Pauw said:

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"Sky have been a fantastic partner for the Republic of Ireland Women's Team since coming in and their continued support is helping us to reach new audiences and make a real difference in women's football.”

“The creation of a special fund to help our players beyond the football pitch is truly amazing and will go to helping our players remain as positive role models and be successful in whatever path they take.

“We are extremely proud of our players for what they do to break down barriers and inspire others. This fund shows that Sky understand that the players need to think about their long-term futures, not just in the game but when they eventually hang up their boots."

Noonan also sang the praises of Sky Ireland and their new initiative.

“Our partnership with Sky has marked a real turning point for this squad. It coincided with the equal pay announcement and all of that culminated in a real sense of belief within the team.

“Every player gives 100% to this squad and, speaking from experience, it can be difficult juggling club and international football with a career. The launch of this Fund will make a real difference to the team.”

Ireland’s next game is a huge group stage fixture against Sweden on April 12th in Tallaght as they continue their World Cup 2023 qualifying campaign.

See Also: Crafting The Republic Of Ireland's Depth Chart Ahead Of The March Friendlies

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