Cadbury Supporter & A Half Campaign recently launched a new initiative, FAI Cadbury Kick Fit, which aims to raise awareness and encourage participation in senior women’s football around the country, writes Rose Barrett.
FAI Cadbury Kick Fit is a new joint initiative targeting 20 grassroots clubs across Ireland with the aim of encouraging the participation of 600 women to take part in the programme.
The new pilot programme will run for eight weeks this summer and is a fun, non-competitive social programme for women with the primary aim to keep fit and create a social group, while encouraging recruitment of coaches and players to clubs. It is managed by each club and supported by FAI Development Officers and FAI Women’s Football Programme Coordinators.
Cadbury ambassador and Ireland Women’s National Team captain, Katie McCabe, was on hand last week to show her support commenting “Women’s football is seeing huge support at the moment due to our team qualifying for the World Cup for the first time.
“But myself and my teammates began at our grassroots clubs where the passion, drive and encouragement I received is where I found my passion for this sport. Cadbury are supporting us as national players while also ensuring a spotlight is put on grassroots football to drive participation in the sport. I encourage everyone to get into their local club and simply start kicking a ball.”
Cadbury Supporter & A Half has directly supported women in football, from grassroots to senior level, since the partnership with FAI began in 2021 by driving awareness of the game and encouraging participation. To date, over 30 grassroots clubs* have benefited from Cadbury’s support, with many more set to benefit from this years’ campaign.
Speaking about the initiative, MD of Mondelez Ireland, Eoin Kellett said: “Cadbury Supporter & A Half continues to see Cadbury Ireland take an active role in the FAI’s strategy to raise awareness and grow the women’s game in Ireland through acts of generosity, which is synonymous with the brand. Our support of over 30 clubs since the partnership began, shows how much we want to play our part in driving participation and with FAI Cadbury Kick Fit we aim to encourage even more grassroots clubs to become involved. It is a fantastic year for women’s football and we will continue to promote and support all those who want to take part.”
Excited to kick-off FAI Cadbury Kick Fit, Pearl Slattery, FAI Programme Co-ordinator – Women’s Football said: “We’re thrilled to get FAI Cadbury Kick Fit off the ground. This is a wonderful campaign that will encourage women of all ages to get active and to enjoy football. It is so important that every woman, no matter their age or skill level, feels they can get involved and make the most of it. By working with Cadbury, we hope to cater for as many women as possible with this exciting new programme.”
See cadbury.ie/supporter or follow the conversation at @CadburyIreland.To register for a FAI Cadbury Kick Fit programme near you, go to
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