FAI chief on hand to help launch Tombrack FC lotto
John Delaney in Wexford to kick start club's fundraiser
FAI chief executive John Delaney enjoyed a look at the grass roots of soccer as he launched the new Tombrack United lotto. The pick-your-numbers fundraiser is intended to help United make the most of their grounds at Ballybeg. Land for pitches was purchased in 2009 but the changing rooms are containers rather than bricks and mortar buildings.
Meanwhile, despite the modest facilities, the club is booming, with more than 280 members and 11 teams – both male and female – at nearly every level from under eight up. Tombrack's leading men's side is currently pushing for promotion, for the fifth season in succession.
Previous fundraising efforts have included trolley raffles, the South East soccer draw, field days and table quizzes. As he chatted to members in Coleman's pub, the man from the FAI was greatly impressed by the community support enjoyed by the club.
'John Delaney is very much approachable,' observed United's Peter Doyle on perhaps the country's best known sports administrator.
'He mixes very well and prides himself on connecting with the grass roots.'
The CEO attended the opening of new facilities by Shamrock Rovers in Enniscorthy last year and is due to be present shortly to help St. Joseph's in Kilmuckridge celebrate their 40th anniversary.