‘Club Mark’ awarded to club
We are delighted to share a bit of good news on the club front with the announcement on March 31st that the Football Association of Ireland has awarded Newcastle West Town FC the FAI Club Mark. This is a reward by the top footballing authority in Ireland to recognise best practise in the game in a variety of areas such as management, governance and administration. It was the culmination of many months of hard work carried out by the clubs committee and our many club volunteers, who have been putting in long hours to put the proper structures in place to gain such recognition.
The club’s ultimate objective is to be in a better place to develop our players and teams and in general, promoting the game in Newcastle West and the surrounding area. Since the club was founded 3 years ago after the amalgamation of the towns two clubs, namely Newcastle West Rovers and Newcastle West AFC, we have seen the numbers of playing members in the club grow year on year. Last season, we had 2 adult mens teams and a youths team, an adult ladies side and a girls under 19 team, a vibrant Football for All team and 350 or so underage schoolboy and schoolgirl players.
In order to ensure adequate training and match pitch availability, the club has 2 grounds, one at the Demesne and another at Woodfield. The club also has a fully floodlit, astro turf training facility used for training, during the winter months in particular. Keeping these pitches constantly ready and able to hold matches and have all our teams prepared requires an enormous number of volunteers in terms of ground staff, coaches and managers. Keeping the administrative aspects of the game in check has also seen a huge effort being put in by our committee / fundraisers and other volunteers. The management and administration of the club was officially recognised by the award of the Club Mark.
The committee would like to thank each and every person who played their part in the application. This award puts the club on a fantastic footing by effectively giving it the foundation to now build on by further development of the club in other areas e.g. facilities, players and teams. These are exciting times to be involved in the game of soccer in Newcastle West and we look forward to setting further achievable ‘goals’ in the near future. It would not be possible without your continued support on all levels so thanks to everyone that plays their part, it is greatly appreciated. To all our players, mentors, sponsors and supporters, we wish that you are all safe in these troubled times for everyone and look forward to coming out of it at the other end in good health and spirit.