Growing Corkbeg club in East Cork to wait until July for return to training

Growing Corkbeg club in East Cork to wait until July for return to training
Alex Kaposta from the U8s during a skills session at the Corkbeg AFC annual soccerthon last summer. They're now gearing up to return. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CORKBEG PRO Paul O’Reilly has confirmed that the club will not return to training until the end of July at the earliest.

The FAI recently released guidelines that allow local teams to go back training from June 15 provided they follow the safety protocols outlined.

Innishvilla was one club in the schoolboys league that took up the option but O’Reilly has insisted that his East Cork side will not be following suit.

“Like every other club, Corkbeg was very disappointed when the season had to be cancelled,” he said.

“The Corkbeg U12 team were in a very strong position in their league to capture a league title. But, people’s health and wellbeing are much more important than a few games of football and the correct decision was made.

“The Corkbeg committee met during the past week to review the new protocols and restrictions for a safe return to football and decided not to open up the grounds for football activities until July 20 at the earliest. In the interim, the club will be appointing Covid Officers and putting in place the necessary infrastructure for the safe return to football for its members.”

O’Reilly believes the club is in a really positive place at the moment and admitted they are all eager to get back on the pitch when it is safe to do so.

“In the Cork Schoolboys League, Corkbeg have never been busier,” he added. “We fielded three teams at U12 level last season and the plan is to enter all these teams at U13 level this year while entering another three teams at U11 level. It makes things very busy, with only one pitch to cater for all these teams, but it’s a great complaint to have.

“Last year’s U12 side, coached by Damien Kearns, will obviously feel they have some unfinished business at U13 level this season and will be quietly confident of having a big season this term.

“Brian Murphy’s U12 A team were also well placed and will relish the challenge for honours this season.

“Corkbeg’s U13 team from last season, coached by Phil Kennedy, will be hoping for some better fortune this year at U14 level too while Don Murray’s side will be confident of challenging at the top this year at U15 level.

“After such a short season last term, firstly due to a long period of bad weather and then the pandemic, everybody will be chomping at the bit to restart the new season. But there is a lot of work for Corkbeg club officials to get done before a return to training and football activity is allowed. Everybody at the club is eager to return and the potential of getting football games back to Whitegate as soon as is possible is very exciting.”

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