EY Ireland has announced its exclusive sponsorship of the newly formed Irish Hockey League.

The all-island EY Irish Hockey League will see 20 of Ireland’s top male and female clubs compete to become league champions over a 19 week-season. The first match of the league will take place in September 2015 with the final set for April 2016.

“By supporting the highest performing teams in the sporting arena, as exemplified by the Irish Hockey League, we hope to expand on our own strategy to inspire effective and engaged teaming within our firm,” said EY Ireland managing partner, Mike McKerr.

“We are delighted to have EY as the sponsor of the new EY Irish Hockey league, the most prestigious hockey competition in Ireland,” said Mike Heskin, CEO of Hockey Ireland Irish hockey has great ambitions and this is the competition that will showcase our elite club players and provide an opportunity for hockey to shine the length and breadth of Ireland with top quality hockey on display throughout the year.”

Hockey is played across 260 schools and 165 clubs in Ireland, with over 144,000 participants.