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UCD AFC are delighted to announce JIGSAW as our new charity partners in collaboration with the UCDSU


The partnership will see JIGSAW displayed on the front of our home kit, along with the launch of new club sponsorship packages where 50% of all sponsorship associated with the collaboration with UCDSU will be donated by the club to JIGSAW in support of the critical services they offer to ensure that every young person’s mental health is valued and supported. In addition to the sponsorship packages, a portion of all ticket sales for the remainder of the season will be donated by the club to JIGSAW.


"We are really excited by this partnership and have been very impressed by the work that JIGSAW does. The supports and services that they provide are phenomenal and extremely important to the mental health of young people across the country. The recent challenges presented by Covid-19 have further highlighted mental health and the affect it has on every aspect of a person’s life. We believe this partnership, and the exposure that it will bring, will help to raise further awareness, while also helping to provide vital funds to support the great work that JIGSAW does." - Richard Shakespeare (UCD Club Secretary)


"We are so delighted to be partnering with UCD SU and UCD AFC for the coming season. It is an incredible honour for us and we have no doubt it will have a positive impact on the work we do to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people. We are looking forward to working with UCD SU, all the coaching staff and players in UCD AFC to raise awareness and vital funds to better support the mental health of our young people" - Justin McDermott, Fundraising Manager, Jigsaw.

“Being a campus that is fully supportive of the mental health of students and young people is an aspiration shared by everyone in the UCD community. This new partnership between UCD AFC and JIGSAW epitomises this perfectly and we encourage all students and staff to get behind it.” - Ruairí Power, UCD Students' Union President


About JIGSAW (www.jigsaw.ie)

JIGSAW offers mental health advice and support, online and in-person, to young people across Ireland, aged 12-25 years old. JIGSAW's vision is to make sure that every young person’s mental health is valued and supported. Mental health can affect every aspect of a young person’s life, with every young person needing the support that’s right for them, whatever they are going through.


Their new strategy has two main goals:

  • Achieve better mental health outcomes for young people through … services, mental health promotion, public awareness, and advocacy.

  • Build a high-performing organisation fit for the future through … people, technology, funding, evidence.



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