WITH OVER 220 members turning out in 14 teams each weekend, along with a Panthers section for beginners aged five and six years, Valeview Shankill are a club on the rise.
The club cater for players regardless of their football ability, and they encourage players of all ages and abilities to join them, where players only need to enjoy playing the game.
With only a token joining up required, it means that no one will be left out of the fun.
They rent out a number of training facilities, indoor and outdoor, during the winter months, November to Februar, as Shanganagh Park in Shankill is unavailable.
The club pay for the use of these facilities through fundraising and sponsorship and on that note they have announced that they are holding a major fundraising event in Shelbourne Park on 27th March, when they will host a race night.
This the latest fundraising event for the club, and is the first time they are venturing into this area and, as you can imagine, it is a huge effort to try to make the night a success.
Not just financially, but also as a social and community event for the families, players and supporters of the club.
They are looking for sponsors for each race on the night where, depending on the race, the cost starts at €350, and anyone interested in sponsoring a race, be it a company or individual, should contact Club Secretary Tim Cullinane at 0872181086.
Also as an added bonus the sponsor of the feature race on the night will have their photograph along with the winning dog, owner and trainer featured in the Evening Herald "STRIKER" section the following Monday.
It is going to be very much a family occasion, where parents can bring their children along and admission for adults on the night, including race card and entry to a draw, is only €10.00. Children, under 14, cost €5.00 and this includes sausage and chips.
The event also coincides with the return trip to Ireland of a youth team from Krusenbuscher FC, which is a village near Bremen in Germany.
Two teams from the club played in an international tournament in this part of Germany last year, and they have been preparing since before Christmas for their return visit.
Wayside flying high
Wayside Celtic's 10B squad have had a flying start to the Under 10 division 3 league, with a draw and two wins to the credit so far.
Last weekend, against a well organised Killnarden side, it was keeper Jordan Desousa who contributed greatly to their latest win when he was a rock in between the sticks.
At the final whistle the Celts had run out 4-1 winners where T.J. Malone, Karl Mulligan and Jake Walker, along with an own goal, were the scorers.
Blessington FC claim FAI club of the month award
Blessington FC were awarded FAI Club of the Month at a presentation in the City West Hotel recently, where FAI President David Blood praised the club for their ongoing developments and dedication to providing the best facilities possible for their players and community.
They will now compete for FAI Club of the year which will be presented in Whites Hotel Wexford this August, at the FAI annual general meeting.
A big well done goes to all their committee members, team managers, players and supporters for their continued efforts in putting this Club and town on the football map.