Subway NI has become the official sponsor of the National Youth League and the Northern Ireland Boys’ FA Cup.
The company has signed a major multi-year sponsorship deal worth £60,000 with the NorthernIreland Boys Football Association (NIBFA), which will see the convenience food retailer become both the National League and popular NIBFA Cup competition’s official sponsor until 2018.
They sponsored the National League for the first time in 2014 as part of the local franchisees wider activity programme with youth football.
Subway currently employs over 650 staff in their 92 locally owned and operated franchises, providing a wide range of convenient, tasty and healthier food choices.
Founded in 1976 NIBFA has been at the forefront of the development of youth football in Northern Ireland – a commitment which was underpinned in 2007 when at the request of member clubs a new National Youth League was formed.
This will now become widely known as the NIBFA SUBWAY National Youth League.
Mr Jim Weir, League Secretary for the Northern Ireland Boys Football Association, said: “We are really excited to welcome Subway on board as our key sponsor and we look forward to the next three years with great confidence and with a shared ambition of mutual success.
“In its decision to fuel grass roots football in this way,
“Subway is firmly committed to supporting our continued growth and in serving all areas in youth football which as an activity provides a healthy and social lifestyle,” added Weir.
This year the league will celebrate its eighth successful season with over 150 teams across Northern Ireland in 12 separate divisions.
The divisions registered for the 2015/16 season include squads aged from under 12 up to and including those aged under 17.
Subway NI’s Marketing Chairman, Scot Heyes said: “Our strategic, supportive partnership with NIBFA and the National Youth League represents a perfect match for Subway and we are proud to be proactively supporting a forward-looking, ambitious League and cup competitions.
“With a combined team spirit, Subway looks forward to cultivating the deep grass roots enthusiasm for the sport and growing community participation and engagement at all levels in an exciting, proactive way.”