Nissan extends FAI vehicle deal until 2026

Nissan is to continue as the official vehicle partner of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) for a new three-year term up to 2026.

The brand has been an FAI partner since September 2019, and will now continue to supply a fleet of 55 vehicles to FAI development officers and other personnel working across Ireland to promote football and to attract girls and boys of all ages and abilities to play the game.

The total value of the vehicles is €2 million and the fleet includes the all-new Nissan Qashqai e-Power, which allows drivers to experience EV driving without having to plug in the car to recharge it.

The FAI’s team of development officers have also been supplied with cars from Nissan’s award-winning range of 100 per cent electric, mild hybrid and hybrid vehicles as part of an ongoing green initiative which is helping the FAI to reduce its carbon footprint.

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny. Photo Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

“Nissan is delighted to extend our partnership with the FAI and to support the great work that the development officers are doing at grassroots level to attract players, coaches and volunteers to play and enjoy football,” said Seamus Morgan managing director of Nissan Ireland.

“We want to see even more coaching programmes taking place in schools, clubs and communities across Ireland. We are helping the FAI to hit that goal and our fleet of electrified vehicles will support its development officers as they travel thousands of kilometres across Ireland each year to grow the sport,” he added.

Republic of Ireland manager, Stephen Kenny said: “Nissan has been a great supporter over the last few years, providing cars to our coaches up and down the country which is a great resource for every Development Officer and High Performance member of staff as we try to develop the game across Ireland.

“Further to that, by providing electric and hybrid vehicles, it helps the association become more sustainable and care for the environment.”