Leinster Rugby captain Leo Cullen has thrown his weight behind a new partnership between GOAL and Blackrock College RFC…

Under the new deal, the Blackrock College first team will carry GOAL’s logo on their jerseys, and the club and players will help support some of the charity’s fundraising work.

GOAL will also be afforded branding opportunities at the club’s headquarters at Stradbrook Road.

Following a meeting with GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews, Cullen – a Blackrock College RFC club member and Patron of GOAL for several years – revealed he is in talks with the aid agency about a possible trip to visit some of their overseas projects and learn about the work they are doing to support some of the most vulnerable people in the developing world.

Apart from the link with Cullen, GOAL and Blackrock College RFC already enjoy close ties. Current Irish international and former club star, Luke Fitzgerald is also an ambassador for the charity, as are former Ireland stars and club members – Shane Byrne, Bob Casey and Hugo MacNeill.

“Given GOAL’s strong links with the sporting community, and in particular the rugby fraternity, we are delighted to be teaming up with Blackrock College RFC,” said GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews. “We will be partnering one of the oldest and most revered rugby clubs in the country.”

Tony Amoroso, President of Blackrock College RFC said, “We are delighted to announce GOAL as our ‘Charity of Choice’ and look forward to the branding opportunities that this partnership will offer to both sides at our headquarters in Stradbrook. Blackrock College RFC and GOAL have had close associations for many years and are near neighbours in the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown area. The Club also intends to offer support to GOAL’s global humanitarian work through this partnership.”

GOAL is currently working in 13 countries across the developing world. For more information on its work, including their emergency activities in Syria, please visit www.goal.ie