Eyes on the prize
THE players and coaches at Listowel Emmetts Ladies will step off the pitch and on to the red carpet this week as they vie for the high profile Kerry Ladies Club of the Year 2013.
The Emmetts Ladies were among just three clubs nominated for the award which will be presented at the Kerry Ladies Awards Night this Saturday night, November 16 at The Height's Hotel in Killarney.
Other clubs in the running are Fossa and Dromid, and according to club Secretary Paula Henry everyone at Listowel Emmetts is delighted simply to have made it to the shortlist.
"Regardless of the outcome, it is great for us to be able to send out an email this week to all our coaches to tell them that we have been nominated for the award. It is a real boost to morale for the club," Paula Henry said.
"It has been a long year of training and games and it is wonderful for all our volunteers and players that they are being recognised for the work they do," she added.
The Listowel Club has been recognised through the nomination for its continued progression as well as its success in fulfilling fixtures and participation in county board meetings and events.
"It is a great reflection of all the great work that is done in the club from our girls under 6s teams all the way up. We are just delighted, and it will motivate us to do even more work," Paula added.
Listowel Emmetts Ladies Club has been in existence for 12 years and has in the region of 150 active members including players, mentors and coaches.
2013 has been a momentous year for the club - its first year competing fully at senior grade.
At underage level too the club is going from strength to strength, with strong under 8s and 10s teams, and a large group of under 12s and 14s which the club is hoping to develop through to under 16s and beyond.
Earlier this year Listowel Emmetts Ladies launched a two-year development plan, which will start its implementation phase early in 2014
Part of this plan will see a player pathway for each of the underage teams to ensure a co-ordinated approach to team training and player development.
The aim is to help young players achieve their maximum potential.