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Pitch development work commences

posted 26 Apr 2015, 13:25 by Weigle Ahn   [ updated 2 May 2015, 12:36 ]

Since our successful fundraising draw in April 2014 much work has been going on behind the scenes to progress the project and begin phase 1 development of site.

 In July 2014 Lotto funding of €100,000 was secured through the Sports Capital Grant Fund which together with the development draw income meant that finance was in place to complete phase 1.

 On securing this funding the lengthy tender process for the works was commenced in mid 2014. Early in 2015 the successful tenderers were agreed by the club and Sports Capital Grant authorities:

·      Development of two playing pitches, walkway, drainage work, phase 1 entrance and car parking. – Penturf Limited, Carlow.

·      Site boundary fencing – P.D. Fencing Ltd, Thomastown

Both contractors have commenced their work (March 2015) and subject to weather conditions it is hoped that phase 1 will be complete by June. The drainage works and playing surfaces then will require time to “bed in” thereafter. This process will be monitored by our engineer and main contractor who will advise on when the facilities can be used. Again this timeline will very much depend on weather conditions, however a minimum of 12 months will be required to allow the surface to mature

Plans for phase 2 will begin in late 2015. This will include installation of playing equipment (goal posts, netting etc.), construction of club rooms and ancilliary works.

Of course the progress of this phase will be dependent on the availability of funds. To this end a phase 2 fundraiser will be rolled out in early 2016 and once again the club will look to the community for their continued support. 

Click here for photos of site work