NEW CHAIRMAN Martin McDonnell of the Rock Celtic club hopes ' to build on the achievements of my predecessors'.
Martin took over the role at the recent AGM of the club. He said, ' we have excellent facilities at the club, including a superb all weather training pitch, dressing rooms and modern clubhouse and of course our pitch is recognised as one of the finest grass pitches in the country'.
'We have a highly motivated group of coaches headed up by our Senior Manager Shane Reddish and with the restructuring of our teams and the additional investment in coaching by the club we are confident this will transfer on to the pitch and lead to many successful seasons for our teams.
'As part of the club's commitment to developing young players' soccer skills 25 of our coaches completed their Youth Diploma with Coverer Coaching earlier this year. The club is also proud to be associated with Coverer Coaching who has their academy based in Rock Celtic.'
He explained how he proposed to further develop facilities and to raise the profile of the club within the local community.
The plans include developing an additional all weather training area and re-develop the spectator stand. He also said the club would love to acquire a second pitch with 15 under age and three senior teams.
The club recently revamped its website, www.rockceltic.com and have a strong following on Facebook where you can keep up to date with club developments and events.
Membership of the club continues to grow, particularly at younger age levels. There are 300 playing members from U7 to U17 who represent the Club in the Meath and District League and the Dundalk Schoolboys League. There are 35 people coaching within the club and most of them have completed the required coaching certificate with the FAI.
The chairman acknowledged the generosity of sponsors, passing on his 'sincere thanks to them for their continued support' Noting the importance of fundraising, he urged people to support the club lotto which can be played online with the weekly draw now taking place on Wednesday evenings at 6.45 p.m. in the clubhouse. There are also a number of events planned which will bring great enjoyment to members and friends of the Club.
'Our goal as a club is provide football to players at all ages and we would welcome any new members wishing to join. We want to be competitive and at the same time we want players to enjoy the game and have fun. I am particularly interested in keeping the club spirit alive and would urge past and present members to become more active in the club and help our committee make Rock Celtic, if possible, an even better club that it is today', urged the chairman.