Frame Football pitch opens at Esker Celtic
The pitch, which is the first of its kind in the country will specifically cater from frame football players at the club and surrounding areas.
Esker Celtic, have developed a Football for All programme that is designed to cater for players who require the use of walking frames and also to those who feel that they can compete more equally by using these frames.
South Dublin County Council, with the support of the FAI, contracted Sports Labs Ltd. to design the specialised surface, in consultation with the Esker Celtic Frame Football team and contracted Mc Sweeneys Ltd. for the build of the pitch over the summer months.
Speaking at the event Mayor Cllr. Mark Ward said “This opening ceremony marks the delivery of a significant project that will allow frame-users to participate in team sports at a purpose-built venue here at Hermitage Park.”
“This project was delivered by South Dublin County Council and the Football Association of Ireland and helps to ensure that sport is inclusive for people of all ages and abilities. I would like to acknowledge the role of the FAI for their support and attention throughout this process to ensure the delivery of this innovative project.”
John Delaney said; "This new pitch in Hermitage Park is key to the Association’s ‘Football for All’ strategy and culture. We want everyone to be given the opportunity to play football irrespective of their ability."
He continued, “Working with South Dublin County Council and Esker Celtic, we know now that more players of all abilities will be able to play the game they love.”
Colm Young, vice-chairman of Esker Celtic said; “Esker Celtic F.C. would like to thank SDCC and the FAI for having the vision and foresight to provide a much welcomed and needed disability footballing facility for the wider community of Lucan. Our frame and amputee footballers now have a place to call home.”
The project was funded by South Dublin County Council and the Football Association of Ireland and helps to ensure that sport is inclusive for people of all ages and abilities.
Photo courtesy of Ben Ryan