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Tipperary’s 1st Full Sized All Weather Soccer Pitch

Cahir Park AFC recently announced its' plans to develop the very first full sized 3G All-weather pitch in the County of Tipperary.

With over 250 Girls, Boys, Women and Men registered with the club, demands on its' playing facilities have become almost impossible.

With heavy rainfall experienced during Winter months.” If each of the last four years are anything to go by, this heavy rain fall will be an annual event” said Paul Conway, Chairperson of Cahir Park's Development Committee at

the recent launch of the Clubs' fundraising plans. “In addition, Cahir Park is home to the very first Football for All Soccer Programme in the Munster region which encourages young boys and girls with intellectual and physical disabilities

to play soccer each and every week. This new even playing surface is an absolute must for this group of fantastic players”.  Paul was speaking at the recent launch of the development project and associated fundraising drive where he was delighted to welcome Minister Tom Hayes TD Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine. Gerard Halley, Chairperson, Cahir Park AFC thanked Minister Hayes for attending several meetings with the Cahir Park Committee during the summer months and acknowledged the time invested and  very practical help Minister Hayes offered in the completion of the clubs' application for a Capital Sports Grant. Minister Hayes was very happy to inform the Club in recent weeks that €80,000 had been set aside by the Government in support of the project.

 

In accepting a presentation of appreciation from the Club, Minister Hayes said he was delighted at the success of the Club in being awarded a sizable grant “This development is not just great news for this all-inclusive community club but also for all  sports teams in the county of Tipperary”. He went on to add that he was particularly pleased to see that the project would benefit both boys and girls from a wide catchment area of Cahir whether they be able bodied or not. “This infrastructure is long overdue in the County and I am delighted to play a very small part in bringing it to fruition in South Tipperary at a time when personal health is critically important and to the forefront of all of our minds”. He concluded by wishing the club every best wish with it fundraising plans over the coming months and stated that he looked forward to revisiting the club in the Summer of 2016 to see the newly laid pitch.

 

The club will be embarking on a series of fundraising events aimed at financing the total project outlay that is estimated to be in the region of some €360,000. The club is particularly seeking the support of local businesses with the establishment of the “Cahir Park €100 Club” where businesses donating a minimum, once off, €100 will be acknowledged on a commemorative plaque at the opening of the new pitch. In a separate “€100 Club” initiative Cahir Park is also seeking similar support from all members past and present. All donations will be greatly appreciated and received by any club member of by sending to Cahir Park AFC, Ardfinnan Road, Cahir.