Topaz awards €10,000 to Bray Hockey Club as part of its Cash for Clubs initiative

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2017-Oct-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Bray Hockey Club Scoops top prize of €10,000 

This year, over 3,000 clubs registered for the Topaz’ Cash for Clubs initiative. Since its launch in 2015, Cash for Clubs has €400,000 in prizes to clubs across the island of Ireland.

Bray Hockey Club, Co. Wicklow, is the grand prize winner of Cash for Clubs 2017. After signing up to the community initiative, members and friends of the Wicklow club simply fuelled up at their local Topaz in Brennanstown, Co. Wicklow, and donated their collected tokens to their club. Bray Hockey Club was then randomly drawn as this year’s lucky grand prize winner, scooping the top prize of €10,000.

Being at the heart of local communities across the country, Topaz recognises the vital role that clubs of all shapes and sizes play in providing opportunities for people of every age to learn new skills, socialise and be active. Given the challenges clubs across Ireland face when it comes to vital fundraising, Topaz introduced the ‘Cash for Clubs’ scheme in 2015 to give clubs the opportunity to generate much-needed funds by harnessing the support of their members and the local community.

Sarah O’Connor, Bray Hockey Club Treasurer said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be the winners of this year’s Cash for Clubs grand prize! €10,000 will go such a long way and will enable us to invest in new equipment and the development of our facilities. We are incredibly grateful and excited for what we can achieve, so a massive thanks to Topaz!”

MJ Tierney, Head of Marketing at Topaz, added: “We are delighted to be awarding the €10,000 grand prize to such a deserving club. Topaz strives to be an intrinsic part of communities across Ireland, providing a daily service across the 32 counties, and the Cash for Clubs initiative enables us to reward local clubs of all shapes and sizes. We would like to congratulate all our winners this year, and Bray Hockey Club especially, who have been lucky enough to win the €10,000 grand prize.

“Cash for Clubs offers an all-inclusive platform, which ensures everyone is a winner and rewards the tireless work of clubs across the country that demonstrate commitment to their communities, day in and day out. We are excited to see the positive impact that the grand prize will make to Bray Hockey Club over the coming months.”

Details on all of the winners from this year’s Cash for Clubs initiative across Ireland are available online.  To see all the prize winner details for 2017, visit and

Source: Topaz

Topaz Cash for Clubs supports Powerchair Trailblazers Club of Co. Antrim

Topaz Cash for Clubs supports Powerchair Trailblazers Club of Co. Antrim


DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Powerchair Football is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. When the Powerchair Trailblazers Club of Co. Antrim got the call to say they’d won £1,500 having entered their club for Topaz Cash for Clubs 2016, they were the delighted at the thought of being able to raise awareness of a sport which is still somewhat in its infancy and to also have the opportunity to build on the great strides made by the club over the past decade or so.

Six months after Michael Hilland attended an IFA wheelchair football event in Belfast in 2008 with his son, Trailblazers PFC was formed in order to provide an opportunity for people with physical disabilities to play football. Since then, the club has grown and developed with the help of committed parents and the supporting local community. In September 2013 Michael and Stephen McVeigh began coaching the team.

When asked what the Cash for Clubs win has done for the club and its members, Michael commented on the great improvements that have been made.

“Our Cash for Clubs prize win has been a great financial help for the club. The money has allowed us to replace tyres on the powerchairs and we will now be able to purchase tracksuits and tops for the new season in September.”

The interest in Cash for Clubs first came about when one of the club’s members, John Stewart, mentioned the Topaz initiative and suggested registering the team. Gordon Stewart, whose family business is the Topaz Airport Road Service Station, Tully Road offered to nominate the Trailblazers in the hope of them becoming one of the lucky winners. Following on from their win, the club is already registered this year and are urging more clubs to enter Cash for Clubs 2017.

The club provides people with disabilities from across Northern Ireland with the opportunity to participate in sport as well as socialise and have fun, and Michael believes the club’s involvement in Topaz Cash for Clubs has helped spread this important message by leveraging the support of the wider community.

“The prize has very much impacted the local community and has helped us achieve greater awareness of the club, letting other people with physical disabilities know that there is a football game that they can play and enjoy.”

Not only do Trailblazers provide a platform for young people with disabilities to express themselves and their love of the game, the opportunity to participate and be a part of a team environment is one of the club’s primary areas of focus, according to Michael.

“Everybody wants to have an identity and the players have built the identity of Trailblazers up over the past five or six years. That has given the players a sense of purpose in a social and competitive environment through which to enjoy football with their peers. That’s more important than the game itself.”

For more information on Topaz Cash for Clubs and to find out how you can support your local club into this year’s promotion, please visit:

Source: Topaz


Letterkenny RFC gets support from Topaz Cash for Clubs

Letterkenny RFC gets support from Topaz Cash for Clubs


DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ —  “We have some big targets to achieve, but we are on a roll since the Cash for Clubs win – like the Irish front row there is no stopping us now!”

When Michael MacGinty answered his phone to a call from MJ Tierney from Topaz in August of last year, the timing really could not have been better. As chairman of Letterkenny RFC, Michael was in the process of looking after the various administrative tasks involved in the day-to-day management of a local sports club. By the end of the phone conversation, the Donegal club had received a cash investment of €10,000 after being randomly drawn out as the Grand Prize winner as part of Topaz Cash for Clubs.

“The boost we received through the prize win allowed us to concentrate on getting our finances in order, which we have done successfully,” said Michael. “This sort of competition gives clubs a way to raise funds without selling more tickets to cash strapped parents. It is a great way for Topaz to give back to its community and we appreciate it.”

While the financial benefit of Cash for Clubs made an immediate contribution to club operations, the impact in terms of lifting spirits was felt from the off, and according to Michael, Letterkenny’s participation levels are very much in rude health.

“The publicity surrounding the competition last year has been immensely positive. The kids’ friends have been attracted to try their hands at Rugby, so our numbers are well up. Our challenge for next season is being able to offer membership to all the kids who want to participate in Rugby in Letterkenny. So, we need more coaches, more equipment and a budget for travel, plus an all-weather pitch. We have some big targets to achieve, but we are on a roll since the Cash for Clubs win – like the Irish front row there is no stopping us now!”

As well as receiving a €10,000 cash investment as part of Topaz Cash for Clubs, Letterkenny RFC’s youngest club members enjoyed a very special one-day training camp with one of the world’s leading Fly-halfs and Topaz Cash for Clubs ambassador Johnny Sexton. Taking a trip to Bective Rangers in Donnybrook, where Johnny himself played mini Rugby, a contingent of Letterkenny’s mini’s joined Johnny for the training session of a lifetime.

“Our kids themselves loved winning a prize in Cash for Clubs. And the ones who were lucky enough to meet Johnny Sexton are still talking about that day – as are the coaches!,” said Michael, reflecting on the Training Day experience itself.
Letterkenny RFC’s experience of winning the €10,000 grand prize as part of Topaz Cash for Clubs along with the masterclass with Johnny Sexton, generated enormous positivity around the club and spirits are well and truly buoyed as the club prepares to enter again this year.

Michael commented: “Topaz can expect a lot of other Donegal sports clubs to apply this year, because many clubs said to us that they could do with the same win as us, to help them drive forward and offer better facilities. They asked how did we manage to get that prize – to which we said we entered and simply participated, Topaz did the rest.”

For more information on Topaz Cash for Clubs and to find out how you can enter your local club into this year’s promotion, please visit:

Source: Topaz