THE current pandemic has certainly put the majority of sports clubs all over this country under financial strain.
Luckily for the northside of Cork, Tomás Singleton intends to help his present crop of clubs.
There are many clubs in this community that will struggle to survive with so many businesses in lockdown, but in the words of Singleton, it would be impossible to reach out to all of them.
“I have a network and these are the clubs I will continue to help as I know I am making a difference to many people in this community.”
Singleton runs a SuperValu at Hollyhill. He has done his best to reach out to local groups in recent years and nothing is going to change for the coming year.
“You take the local work that the GAA club St Vincent’s does in this area is phenomenal as they continue to keep youngsters interested in sport when they come to the crossroads of their lives.
“Having been brought up on the northside I have witnessed the positives of being involved in sport and when you look at the number of volunteers that St Vincent’s have to keep their club afloat it is credit to all involved.”
At a recent presentation, club chairman Thomas Gould praised the contribution Singleton and his family have given to the club over many years.
“On behalf of everybody associated with our club many thanks to Tomás Singleton for his generosity over many years,” he said.
St Vincent’s was founded in 1943 and celebrated its 75th anniversary back in 2018. It was one of the first clubs in the county to own its pitch.
The grounds have been redeveloped on a couple of occasions, culminating in a state-of-the-art complex housing several dressing and meeting rooms.
The complex also has a large training hall, three adult-size pitches with floodlighting, and a social club on the Blarney Rd.
The club has allowed food to be dispatched to the Penny Dinners from the base as the importance of being a club for the community and beyond will always be a priority.
“As a club we are conscious that we need to work hard in our community to attract youngsters to get involved and that will continue to be our goal as our facilities are excellent and we are appealing to parents to visit the complex and get their children involved.”
In soccer, Singleton supports Knocknaheeney Celtic, Castleview, and Hollyhill Ladies.
The clubs very much appreciate his contribution.
The Brunell basketball club have certainly benefited from the generosity of the affable businessman as they compete in the Women’s Super League.
For Ann O’Halloran, the importance of the sponsorship is the lifeline of the club.
“I think at times when people look at sponsorship they think it’s basically going into one team but in our case what it does is help us run many other teams outside of the Super League because at the end of the day that’s where it all begins for us,” said O’Halloran.
Brunell has 17 teams and financially it takes a huge effort on an annual basis to keep the club in competition.
“I think the amount of unsung heroes in our club are the people who give hours of voluntary work to various teams and I would like to thank them for their contributions over many years,” added O’Halloran.
The sport of basketball is presently planning for a November start with the league format in women’s and men’s predicted to change into two conferences of six teams.
Having reached the National Cup final for the past two years, Brunell will be determined to have a third crack at winning the title, but for Singleton, winning is not what sport or his sponsorship is all about.
“I have witnessed many great days for all clubs and in the case of basketball for Brunell getting to the biggest stage of women’s basketball two years on the trot was a huge achievement and this year injuries certainly hampered them.
“Hopefully all the clubs and players will do their best as competing is the most important aspect and winning is the bonus.”