Newcastle West Town earn FAI Club Mark
The club was founded in 2017 when both clubs in the town, Newcastle West AFC and Newcastle West Rovers amalgamated to form Newcastle West Town FC. There are 2 club pitches, Ballygowan Park, The Demense, Newcastle West, which has an adult and astro pitch. The club also has Rovers Park, Woodfield, Newcastle West, which has an underage and adult pitch.
On the Pitch - Newcastle West has a proud tradition of football in the town with the first club formed back in 1948. Included in those years was a five-year spell 1985-1990 in the League of Ireland where former player Al Finucane still holds the record for the most league appearances standing at 634. In more recent times the town has enjoyed many Premier Leagues, First Division titles and Desmond Cups with their junior men’s teams.
While the ladies' junior team were in line to taste league success this year, but unfortunately the league was suspended due to Covid-19. At underage level there has been excellent development of players over the past few years which has resulted in Claire O’Riordan (current Ireland International) Sophie Liston (Under-19 international) Leah Coen-Hayes (Under-17 international) and Killian Brouder (Schools international) earning recognition. Other players that have come through our underage system and have gone on to play in the SSE Airtricity League are Gary Shanahan, Liam McCartan and Mikey Conlan. This is great testament to the club's coaches who have put in numerous hours in developing kids at underage level.
Their Football for All programme, which commenced eight years ago has growing success within the club. It now caters for close to 50 members. Football for All players that have gained recognition at a representative level are Keith Begley (FFA International and Munster Senior team), Darragh Leahy and Jamie Carroll (Munster Senior). They also have had many representatives on the Junior Munster squad. This would not be possible without the dedication of coaches and parents with special mention to Christy Carroll (coach) and Dolores Considine (coordinator). The club is also proud to have recently brought the local Brothers of Charity organisation in under our Football for All guidance.
Off the Pitch - In recent years (2017) both football clubs in Newcastle West, Newcastle West Rovers and Newcastle West AFC made the decision to amalgamate both clubs for the betterment of football in Newcastle West. This has proved to be a great success with increasing numbers in participation at both underage and adult level. There have been some great improvements done to both grounds in the last year, the astro turf at Ballygowan Park got an uplift, and a recent Sports Capital Grant has allowed the club to place railing around both the underage and adult pitch around Rovers Park.
The FAI Club Mark is a reward for all the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes through committee, coaches, and all other volunteers involved in the club. Plans are already underway to move the club forward to gain the Club Mark One-Star Award
The club has a total of 400 members with 23 underage teams including A, B and C teams.
The club would like to thank all those who have contributed in assisting the club in achieving its Club Mark recognition, namely the Committee for all their hard work over the last year, the coaches for their cooperation and dedication, and to their regional development officer Barry McGann for all his efforts in helping the club to gain the Club Mark. This award puts the club on a fantastic footing by effectively giving it the foundation to now build on by further development of the club in other areas e.g. facilities, players and teams.
The club would also like to thank the Desmond League for their continued support and finally but most importantly to the players both young and old who without their membership and hard work, there would be no club. The club hopes the Club Mark will be the start of many successes for Newcastle West Town FC.
The FAI Club Mark is an award for grassroots clubs based on best practice in the governance, management and administration of a football club.
Clubs start their journey at Entry Level and can progress onto the One Star Award. Each step challenges the club to implement policies and procedures in line with best practice.
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- 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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