September 27, 2023

Galway United FC are leading the way in the fight against heart disease and stroke.  The local club has announced a new partnership with Croí, to raise awareness of the importance of good cardiovascular health and stroke prevention. Croí will become Health Partner for Galway’s League of Ireland Men’s Team, Women’s Team and underage male and female academy.

 “At Galway United, we attract a fan base ranging in age with our youngest supporters aged 4 or 5 up to those in their late nineties,” says Jonathan Corbett, Chairman, Galway United Football Club.

“Therefore it is a great opportunity for our supporters to engage, learn and ultimately join Croí in their mission to lead the fight against heart disease and stroke.”

Winning Streak

Galway United are currently on a winning streak, as the women’s team extended their unbeaten run to four as they beat Sligo Rovers 2-1 at Eamonn Deacy Park recently. While Galway United’s first division team recorded a resounding 4-1 victory over Kerry FC, which sees them 7 points clear at the top of the SSE Airtricity League First Division table.

This win sees the team extend their winning streak to ten, with a quarter of the season played so far, so it’s a very exciting time for Croí to collaborate and make an impact in this vibrant community.

Pictured L-R: Phil Trill, Manager of Senior Women’s team GUFC; Annie Costelloe, Head of Patient and Community Engagement, Croí; Mike Cubbard, Community and Events Fundraising Coordinator, Croí and John Caulfield, Manager of Senior Men’s team GUFC.

“We are delighted to join Galway United in this valuable partnership,” says Annie Costelloe, Head of Patient and Community Engagement with Croí.

“They are great role models for maintaining regular exercise and physical activity through all phases of life, as well as having strong social connections – both very important factors in maintaining long term health and wellbeing.” 

Aim to Inspire:

The aim of the collaboration is to promote heart health and stroke awareness and to educate fans and players about the importance of taking care of their health. Through this initiative, Croí and Galway United Football Club aim to inspire people to lead healthy lifestyles and take proactive steps to prevent heart disease and stroke.


Cardiovascular disease remains the biggest annual cause of death globally, accounting for 1 in 5 of all premature deaths (people under age 65). Yet, 80% of premature CVD events are preventable. CVD can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or race. The good news is that making simple lifestyle changes like eating a balanced diet, engaging in regular physical activity, managing stress, and avoiding smoking can go a long way to prevent CVD.

Knowing your numbers, maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, taking regular exercise, and having a healthy weight are all linked to a healthy heart and to reducing your risk of a serious cardiac or stroke event, and we very much look forward to working closely with the Galway United team in this regard,” continues Annie Costelloe.

So, get up to Eamon Deacy Park and support GUFC and look out for the Croí team who will be in attendance at Galway United FC games throughout the season to raise awareness and engage with fans.



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