Club is building a brighter future for the community
MAKING THE most of the resources around you has been the inspiration for a Drogheda soccer club to transform two derelict areas and start transforming them into sustainable locations for the future.
For many years Drogheda Town members had to endure the sight of a rundown centre at their base in Marian Park. The roof had caved in and it was a complete eyesore.
On the playing side, they were forced to find any spare pitches they could to play games so that hundreds of young people could get out and about each week.
Then they came across a patch of land close to the M1. It had been used as a dump during the construction of the motorway.
Having secured a lease from Meath County Council, they began the process of transforming it into a place that will serve members for many years to come.
The new clubhouse is close to completion and the mantra from the very start of the project has been energy saving power - in every department.
'It is all about energy conservation and saving money as a result,' Tony Brady, club treasurer, states.
The clubhouse features some of the most up to date features on the market.
'We have an energy saving water and heating system in place to make it even more sustainable,' he explains. 'We have a lot of the fitting out to do yet.'
One area will have floor boards as a local Irish dancing school are interested in using it and will need a specific floor.
'There's bowls and other organisations also keen to get involved with this and it will serve the wider community which it's all about,' Tony adds.
The new playing pitches should be ready to go by the end of August and they too will spark new interest in the club.
'We have about 270 young players from under 8s up and a waiting list, so we needed the facilities,' he remarked.
The entire eight acres of scrub ground were cleared off and transformed over the past 18 months with two full size pitches secured and room for smaller pitches going into the future.
'We have designed the pitches with the environment very much in mind and over the coming years we plan a planting scheme to further enhance the area. These pitches will be used by young people so we want families to come out and enjoy the place and appreciate what is around us,' Tony stats.
He feels the area is open to further enhancement to inspire even more people to join the club.