DFDS and Kent FA join in partnership for the Kent County Cups

World leading ferry operator DFDS are a new Official County Cups Partner for the next two seasons.

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with world leading ferry operator, DFDS, who have become an Official County Cups Partner for the adult competitions for the next two seasons as well as supporting our environmental commitment to make Kent greener.


Grassroots football continues to be at the heart of the game in Kent, especially given the effects of the pandemic over the past two years. As we gear up to prepare for the 2022/23 season, we will be hosting 25 County Cups competitions, 13 of which are adult cup competitions that DFDS will sponsor. As part of the partnership DFDS will also provide exciting travel opportunities and fantastic discounts for our Kent grassroots football community.

This partnership is a celebration of grassroots football in Kent. DFDS has a longstanding love for the beautiful game, having been a partner of Newcastle United for over 20 years. DFDS Dover is one of the busiest channel crossings in the UK, with over 54 daily channel crossings and pre-pandemic, they supported over 5 million passengers to enjoy their travels. DFDS employs over 200 people in Kent alone, and many DFDS colleagues already participate in grassroots football, either as players, volunteers or spectators. They understand the power of football to do good in their communities. After all, football can build strong, inclusive communities, improve health and wellbeing and drive gender equality. This shared vision is what makes this partnership so exciting.

Darryl Haden, Chief Executive of the Kent FA, comments, "This is a very exciting partnership for the Kent FA. Not only will DFDS be supporting our adult County Cup competitions for the next two seasons, but together, we will explore playing and volunteering opportunities for DFDS colleagues and embark on an environment charter for our Kent clubs. Our County Cup competitions are a fundamental part of the grassroots landscape here in Kent. By working together in partnership with DFDS, we hope to inspire more adults across the county to lace up their boots and help communities come together through football. We look forward to developing this partnership over the upcoming months."


Christine Burke, Partnership Manager at DFDS, commented: "DFDS are delighted to be announced as the new County Cup partner for Kent Football Association for the next two seasons. As the current holder of the World's Leading Ferry Operator award for the last ten years, we realise the value of building stronger local engagement across our route network. With a climate action plan in place across our fleet, we strive to build a greener and more diverse workforce for all. Now in our 155th year, DFDS is a company which contributes to our values and the business focuses on the wellbeing of colleagues and partners alike. We look forward to fruitful and successful participation in Grassroots and Community football at all levels."

DFDS are offering our Kent football community a 10% discount on any ferry bookings.

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For more information about partnerships with the Kent FA, don't hesitate to contact Claire Whybrew (Marketing & Partnerships Manager) at Claire.Whybrew@KentFA.com