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Thursday 28 Nov 2019
New electric buggy will help supporters requiring mobility assistance

Traction Finance has become the official mobility partner of the Irish Football Association.

The two-year partnership with Traction Finance provides the Irish FA with a new, improved stadium buggy that will enable the association to continue to help supporters requiring mobility assistance.

Traction Finance has been helping individuals and businesses since 2003 and is well established in providing leasing and contract hire options across the UK and Ireland.

Anita Bayne, Head of Stadium Operations at the Irish Football Association, said: “The Irish FA stadium team are delighted that after a successful pilot scheme to assist supporters requiring mobility assistance we have a new partnership with Traction Finance to support the initiative.

“The partnership with Traction provides us with a new, improved buggy that will allow us to continue to provide this service to supporters who require additional assistance.”

Based in Dunmurry, Traction specialises in vehicle finance and management. The company sources, funds and maintains packages from one vehicle to an entire fleet and also offers business contract hire, personal contract hire, hire purchase, rental and financing, and it also sells new and used vehicles.

Announcing the new partnership with the Irish FA, Paul McGuire, Director of Traction Finance, said: “We are delighted to become the official mobility partner of the IFA. 

“Traction provides mobility solutions for a range of customers, and we are delighted to assist the IFA in providing mobility solutions for Northern Ireland supporters.

“This partnership, and supply of an electric buggy, also helps Traction showcase the period of unprecedented change in the automotive industry as we embark on a journey into electric vehicles.”

The service operates continuously on international matchdays at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. It is provided on a first come, first served basis from 17:15 until just before kick-off, which is usually at 19:45.

The pick-up location is at the Boucher Road end of Windsor Way. The Traction buggy will bring supporters with mobility issues down Windsor Way to the stadium gates.   

IMAGE: Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill tries out the new stadium buggy watched by (from left) the Irish FA’s Stephen Bogle, Paul McGuire from Traction Finance and the Irish FA’s Anita Bayne.