Laytown club forced to train on the beach
A LOCAL soccer club has become so desperate for a place to train they've headed to the beach in Bettystown – where they have to avoid passing cars.
Laytown United schoolboys FC, which caters for more than 160 players, has no official home grounds despite desperate pleas to local officials and community leaders.
'Forced to train either on the tide-permitting beach or open green areas around Laytown, the football club is determined to find some pitches that they can call their own. Borrowing pitches for match days from others clubs is simply not sustainable and the lack of support is simply baffling chairman Tony O'Doherty, who has a long history of involvement with club management in Irish soccer,' PRO Andrew Lennon said.
'Our club members exceed 160 children and we are growing all the time, with so much land earmarked for sports and recreation I cannot understand why we continue to be overlooked. With all of our teams doing so well we need to fully support our local youth in any way we can,' said Tony.
'We need as much support as possible from those local politicians who have any interest in the advancement of our community, the fundamental rule in any society is the safety, well-being and the provision of youth services,' he added.