ALD Merrion Fleet have agreed to continue their sponsorship of the ALD Merrion Fleet Arena 

The world class water-based hockey arena has been sponsored to date by independent fleet management company Merrion Fleet. Now known as ALD Merrion Fleet following the recent acquisition of Merrion Fleet by ALD Automotive, we are delighted to announce the continuation of the partnership and sponsorship of the hockey arena by ALD Merrion Fleet Management.

Present at Rathdown School for the announcement were (l to r) Sarah Scott, Head of Hockey at Rathdown School, Brian Moore, Head of School and David Wilkinson, Commercial Director at ALD Merrion Fleet Management.

David Wilkinson, Commercial Director at ALD Merrion Fleet Management said: “We are delighted to support the girls of Rathdown School to participate and excel in hockey. Following the recent successes of the Irish Women’s Hockey at the World Cup we are delighted to extend our positive partnership and support of the development of sport at Rathdown School. This is an exciting time in womens sport and as part of our commitment to promoting the benefits of sport and physical education for young people in our local community we are keen to continue our sponsorship of the ALD Merrion Fleet Arena”.

We have a long tradition of sporting success and are committed to promoting the importance of physical education for young girls of all ages, while encouraging them to develop a sport for life. A combination of top quality facilities and coaching will support Rathdown School’s aim to produce the next Irish hockey star. “Building on the success of both our senior and junior hockey teams in recent years, we are confident that this sponsorship will support the continued development and growth of hockey at Rathdown to the highest possible level. It will ensure that the girls continue to have access to world-class hockey facilities which encourage participation on a regular basis, ensuring students have the opportunity to reach their full potential and ultimately to develop a sport for life”, commented Sarah Scott, Head of Hockey at Rathdown School.

Present at Rathdown School for the announcement were (l to r)  Rathdown student Sarah Poole, Brian Moore, Head of School, with David Wilkinson, Commercial Director at ALD Merrion Fleet Management  and Sarah Scott, Head of Hockey at Rathdown School, with Rathdown students Rachel Eggers, Ellen Burke and Lucy Maule.

Mr. Brian Moore, Head of School noted: “As recently highlighted by the new 20x20 campaign, 50% of the global population is female yet only 0.4% of global sponsorship spend is directed towards women's sport. We are delighted that ALD Merrion Fleet Management is continuing to support women’s hockey in Ireland and through their sponsorship, we will help Rathdown girls develop skills and a passion for hockey from beginners up to the highest level of performance."