Certa, Ireland’s largest fuel supplier, is set to drive Cricket Ireland’s ambition to develop women’s cricket as a major sport in Ireland after becoming the new title sponsor of the Ireland Women’s cricket team.
Certa, which is part of DCC plc, is a new brand operating in the fuel, home, business and lubricants space with a vision to become Ireland’s most progressive energy company. It operates Ireland’s largest network of unmanned, pay@pump forecourts and home heating depots.
The two-year partnership comes at a very exciting time for women’s cricket in Ireland, with Cricket Ireland becoming only the second sport in Ireland to offer full-time professional playing contracts for women last year, while the senior squads’ eye-catching performances against the world’s best teams have already seen them become the 10th ranked team in the world rankings.
Certa will support the team to continue pushing new boundaries and to perform competitively against the top nations in women’s cricket. It will also help the sport to thrive from grassroots to elite level and to inspire young players to follow their dream of becoming professional cricket players in Ireland.
Certa is part of communities all over Ireland with 39 unmanned, pay@pump forecourts and 22 home heating depots. It will develop campaigns that harness this network to raise awareness of the Ireland Women’s cricket team, to create a better understanding of the sport, and to build the profile of its rising stars.
Team captain Laura Delany and star player Gaby Lewis will take on roles as Certa Brand Ambassadors. They will support the company’s drive to connect people and businesses to the most progressive energy solutions available and to reduce their carbon footprint by switching to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as a sustainable fuel.
23 players have been offered professional women’s playing contracts for 2023. The new partnership with Certa has been announced as the Ireland Women’s team prepares to compete against recently crowned T20 World Champions, Australia, who are set to visit Clontarf for a three-match ODI series this July.
The Ireland Women’s team secured a memorable win over Australia in a T20 World Cup warm-up game and are aiming to repeat the feat with home support. The series will be preceded by a six-match tour to the Caribbean for a series against the West Indies and will be followed by a three-match tour to the Netherlands.