OPRO, the world’s largest manufacturer of the most technically advanced mouthguard, today announced the renewal of its official partnership with the Women’s Gaelic Player’s Association (WGPA).
The extension of OPRO’s initial one-year deal will see OPRO provide mouthguards to all intercounty Ladies Football players, in line with the WGPA’s goals to enhance the playing experience for its athletes, both on and off the field. The deal will also see the launch of a licensed range of WGPA mouthguards available online and through OPRO’s global network of retailers.
The agreement will see OPRO support Ladies Gaelic football players while promoting safe sport through teeth protection. It builds on the enhanced experience for players in recent years, with the introduction of financial support from the Irish government in 2017 increasing access to injury prevention & medical cover, sport science services and specialist facilities.
As the official mouthguard of the WGPA, and with partnerships already in place with the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) and GPA (Gaelic Player’s Association), the deal solidifies their stance as the mouthguard of Gaelic football. With over 20 years’ experience, OPRO is dedicated to bringing leading technology and safety to athletes at all levels of sport.
OPRO Chief Executive Officer David Allen, said: “We are delighted to be able to play our part in recognising the contributions and efforts of Ladies Gaelic football players. By providing them with the most comfortable, best fitting and reliable mouthguards we hope to foster the continued growth of the sport.”
Aoife Lane, WGPA Chairperson, reiterated support for the partnership: “Increasing player welfare is one of our key aims and we’re delighted to continue our work with OPRO to grow this support for players. The new licensed range also provides a valuable opportunity to increase the visibility of players on packaging and instore and acknowledges the continued growth of our games.”
Founded 20 years ago by dentist Dr Anthony Lovat, OPRO is the world’s most technically advanced mouthguard company and a leading pioneer in oral protection. Through the development and deployment of cutting edge technology and the use of innovative design and production methods, OPRO has been at the forefront of protecting the safety of athletes at all levels, across a range of different sports, for more than two decades.
The family owned and run company is based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and all products are designed and manufactured within the UK, and available worldwide through a network of retailers and distributors.
OPRO is the official mouthguard partner of a number of professional sporting organisations including the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), England Rugby, New Zealand Rugby, Australia Rugby, 11 AVIVA Premiership Rugby teams, GB Taekwondo, England Hockey, England Boxing, and the German, French, Italian, Cameroonian and Northern Ireland Mixed Martial Arts Federations.
All OPRO mouthguards are legally CE certified and in 2007 the company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation in recognition of its ground-breaking work in the field of oral protection.