Sunday 25 September 2016

Ashbourne hope whole community will benefit as they unveil new pitch

Published 11/09/2015 | 02:30

President of the IRFU, Martin O'Sullivan, along with Leinster Branch president Robert McDermott and club president Pat Rooney were on hand to cut the ribbon for the opening of Ashbourne's fantastic new 4G pitch
President of the IRFU, Martin O'Sullivan, along with Leinster Branch president Robert McDermott and club president Pat Rooney were on hand to cut the ribbon for the opening of Ashbourne's fantastic new 4G pitch

Ashbourne RFC opened their new 4G pitch last weekend when Martin O'Sullivan, IRFU president accompanied by Leinster Branch president Robert McDermott and club president Pat Rooney were on hand to cut the ribbon on this major investment.

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It is the culmination of two years' work and the extension of the grounds by two and a half acres.

The facility now covers nearly 14 acres and has four full-size pitches, with match quality lighting on all.

The 4G pitch provides a new dimension to the capability of the club to offer all weather playing and training facilities.

As well as the new pitch the club has three natural all-weather pitches. The club plans to continue to use its two main grass pitches for games.

The new facility also now has a ring road which gives access to all pitches and parking spaces for over 450 cars within the grounds.

What the new facility also offers is a resource to the Ashbourne community for local activity.

A number of other clubs in the area will use the facility as well and it is hoped that the club will continue to become a destination from within the town for sport and leisure activity.

The club was delighted that as well as the two presidents mentioned above there was a great turnout of IRFU and Leinster Branch colleagues.

Guidance

The club is thankful of the support of the IRFU in making this project possible as well as the guidance and help of the Leinster Branch.

The club is also appreciative of the support of the Sports Capital Grant programme, and most of all of the clubs members and supporters which made this project possible.

Irish Independent

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