Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) ladies football team has received a welcome boost this season with support from a leading energy operator.
Norwegian-based company Teekay Petrojarl has agreed a £5,000 sponsorship package for the team which has funded a new kit, training equipment and extra gym sessions.
The sponsorship from the company’s Aberdeen office has also supported efforts to recruit a new coach for the team which competes against university sides around the country.
Teekay Petrojarl is the largest operator of Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) units in the North Sea and fourth largest worldwide.
The company employs 1,200 people, both onshore and offshore, and operates on the Norwegian, UK and Brazilian Continental shelves, with a total production capacity of 580,000 barrels of oil per day.
Cheryl Hogg (23), an International Hospitality Management student at Aberdeen Business School, is also the RGU ladies football club captain and president.
She said: “The support from Teekay has definitely benefitted the team this year. We were pleased to get new kits and equipment for the new season which has helped us raise our game.
“We’ve also been able to arrange extra strength and conditioning sessions at RGU SPORT’s gym which has been getting us healthier and fitter which helps us to compete for 90 minutes on the pitch.”
Gemma Gove, HR Advisor for Teekay, recently paid the team a visit during a training session at RGU SPORT.
She said: “We are delighted to sponsor the RGU ladies football team and wish them every success this season.
“Teekay Petrojarl is currently expanding its workforce and offers a broad range of exciting roles for motivated professionals and engineers.
“The company is an equal opportunity employer and we believe it is important for woman to be represented within the workforce.
“We hope that by sponsoring the team we can raise awareness of Teekay Petrojarl at RGU and attract talented and committed females into the energy industry.”
Filippo Antoniazzi, Director of RGU SPORT, coaches all of the university’s football teams and welcomed the sponsorship agreement.
He said: “We’re proud to work with Teekay to develop our ladies football team. Their sponsorship has already meant that the team has been able to book extra training sessions which is improving their performance in matches.
“Corporate support like this goes a very long way to supporting our sports teams who compete throughout the academic year.
“The students benefit greatly from the additional funding and work even harder to make sure sponsors are known across the university and associated with success.”
Ross AndersonCommunications Officer | Health and Sport