New Officers and Committee For Soccer Club
The A.G.M. OF Ballinasloe Town A.F.C. was held recently at the new Clubhouse fully adhering to all relevant Covid-19 safety guidelines.
The Club Chairperson Joby Kelly in his address outlined how it had been a very challenging year due to the serious nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant impact that this had on curtailing the clubs sporting activity. Recognising, the seriousness of the Covid-19 situation, the club had early in the pandemic offered their premises to the H.S.E. He also congratulated the men's B team who won promotion to the first division and the on the field of play of the two adult teams and 15 youth teams throughout the season.
The following Club Officers and Committee were elected for the coming year are as follows:
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Barry O’Connor, Mickey Walsh, Michael Riddell, Raj Lyons, Bobby Burke, Darren Fallon, Shane Fallon, Simon Price, Breda Cleary.
Club Child Welfare Officer: Simon Price
All team managers are also automatically members of the Club Committee.
The club are recommencing sales of their 50/50 draw and strongly urge all members to make a serious effort to sell envelopes for every draw in order to get our club finances into a better financial position for the coming season. The fortnightly draw is held in the new clubhouse but will still be broadcast on Facebook Live. All money raised will be split 50/50 between the club and the draw winner. Contact anyone listed above about purchasing a ticket for the lotto or message their Facebook page.
The club are currently drawing down the €48,000 Sports Capital Programme Grant for the most recent phase of club development works which consist of the purchase of a new drive on mower to maintain the grass pitches and the upgrading of the club's main grass pitch floodlights to low energy. The mower has already been purchased and was in use while the upgrading of the grass pitch lights would commence shortly. Later this year the Club will commence work on an additional grant of €27,500 euros to upgrade the astro turf pitch floodlights and commence works on the upgrading of the perimeter fencing around the astro turf pitches.
Club member Heather Payne, former youth team player, returned to the Irish Squad after injury for the U.E.F.A. Women's European Championship 2021 Qualifier versus Germany. Heather returns to the squad having missed the wins over Greece and Montenegro. The Irish team are unbeaten thus far in the qualifying campaign which recommences following a postponement. Heather trained with the ladies' senior team last week at the Curragh Grounds where it all started off for her.
Club Chairperson Joby Kelly acknowledged the Credit Union “ On behalf of all connected with the Club I wish to thank the Credit Union for their very generous recent sponsorship of €3,000 to help cover the costs of the current stage of club development works. We wish to publicly acknowledge their members fantastic support now and over the years towards our ongoing development” stated Joby .
To get in contact with the soccer club, message their Facebook page Ballinasloe Town AFC.
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