Evergreen FC complete FAI Club Mark
The club was formed in 1946 by a collection of families in the St John’s Parish area of Kilkenny City. From humble beginnings a club emerged, success followed over the coming decades, winning countless local leagues, cups and developing youth and junior international players.
In 1979, the Evergreen Juvenile section was formed by Peter Maher, a move that was to prove critical for the future success of the club.
Throughout the club’s history it has relied on the use of many different pitches around the City but in 2000 the club finally found a permanent home with the purchase of 10 acres on the Kells Road. Under the leadership of Michael Hennessy and Peter Henebry, the club then set about an ambitious development programme by initially constructing two senior pitches. In 2008, two additional pitches were added to host the growing number of juvenile teams. In 2015, with the support of the Sports Capital Grant and the goodwill and financial support of the club community, a FIFA Grade 4 Astro-Turf pitch was developed. This has brought the club to a new level with over 800 members both boys and girls, 47 teams, 150 coaching volunteers and continued success.
Evergreen is proud to be the regional host of the ‘Football for All’ Programme, creating opportunities for boys and girls who would not ordinarily have the chance to play in a club environment.
The club enjoys and is grateful for the continued support of its sponsors from the local business community. The next phase of development is the construction of a stand for the current Astro pitch and a new Astro training pitch. A later phase will include the construction of a Clubhouse.
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• Improve the management of clubs ‘off the field’
• Establish and promote best practice
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• Recognise and reward clubs for achieving high standards
• Increase a club’s capacity to operate effectively and grow football in communities throughout Ireland.
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