Monday 22 October 2018

Great day beckons for Malahide United FC

TRAINING at the new all-weather pitch
TRAINING at the new all-weather pitch

The new soccer complex :The facility includes a full size floodlit all-weather pitch, two grass pitches - purpose laid on a sand base, avoiding waterlogged pitche...

Malahide United AFC, the biggest soccer club in the country with over 650 members, officially opens its new state of the art soccer complex on Saturday, 23rd March, 2002. The facility will be formally opened by Mr G V Wright, T.D., and called ‘Gannon Park’, in appreciation of the outstanding support and sponsorship given by Mr Gerry Gannon and Gannon Homes to Malahide United A.F.C. over the years.

The new soccer complex :

The facility includes a full size floodlit all-weather pitch, two grass pitches - purpose laid on a sand base, avoiding waterlogged pitches and resulting in fewer match cancellations. The complex also incorporates a modern pavilion complete with dressing rooms, a meeting/conference room, rooms for referees, a room for the club physiotherapist and a club merchandise shop.

Other areas of the complex include pitches especially designed and built for training and playing 7 – a – side matches. An area beside the pavilion has been set aside for further development of the club’s facilities.

The teams :

The club has 6 senior teams, 34 school-boy teams, and a Nippers League (5 to 7 year olds.) Malahide United AFC is the only schoolboy soccer club in Malahide catering for players of all ages and abilities. Teams range from ‘A’ section to the lower leagues, all with the opportunity of playing and training at their new soccer complex.

Club events :

Summer camps and Mini Leagues organised by the Club have become major events in the Clubs calendar with hundreds of children taking part. The Club also takes part in many tournaments organised both North and South of the Border.

The Club has many players on league representative sides and in recent years, has seen great success with players going on to national schoolboy teams.

New Director of Coaching. The Club is in the process of appointing a new director of coaching who will continue to develop and help players reach their full potential. All of these developments will make the Club very attractive for players outside of Malahide who will want to avail of the facilities and coaching structure now offered by the Club.

Speaking in advance of the opening, G V Wright says ‘I’m delighted as a parent of Malahide United players and, as a local representative, honoured, to have been asked to open this facility. It is the culmination of much hard work over many years by the members of the club. On behalf of the people of Malahide I would congratulate the success of Malahide United and wish them all the best into the future, which now seems to be very bright indeed’.

Club Chairman, Don Butler, added ‘this will be an historic day for our club. For the first time the club now has a permanent and state of the art facilities for our members. The club is very grateful to Gerry Gannon and Gannon Homes for all their support in helping us to realise what for some time, seemed an unattainable dream. I am delighted to announce that Gannon Homes have also agreed to be the clubs major sponsor for the next five years and in appreciation, we are delighted to name the facility ‘Gannon Park’. I think it is important on occasions like this that we pay tribute to all those involved with the club over the years, in particular all the many people who are on our committees, help run teams and keep the club functioning on a weekly basis’.

Gerry Gannon of Gannon Homes who developed the park and gave the land to the club says ‘this has been a very exciting development to be involved in and I found the club’s officials enthusiasm infectious. When you see the numbers that the club caters for and the professional approach they take, it is little wonder they are so successful. I am delighted that the association of Gannon Homes and Malahide United AFC is to continue into the future’.

Media -V- Malahide United A.F.C. A special game will be played between journalists and players from Malahide United at the Club’s new soccer complex on Wednesday, 20th March, 2002 from 7 – 8 p.m. Coast Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin.