Cork Soccer: Coachford AFC is a club on the rise

Cork Soccer: Coachford AFC is a club on the rise
Ashling Annacotty's Kennedy Ndip gets his clearance away despite the best efforts of Coachford's Luke Casey. Picture: Barry Peelo.

COACHFORD PRO Peter Dineen has confirmed that the club is currently working very hard to ensure that its players can return to action as soon as possible.

As the country continues to progress through the phases and subsequently ease its restrictions following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, local clubs have been granted permission to return to training by the Football Association of Ireland. That return though is dependant on the sides meeting the safety guidelines.

Coachford as a club continues to grow and they had been enjoying a decent season across a number of grades before they were brought to an abrupt close. And speaking to the Echo, Dineen confirmed that they are excited by the prospect of returning to action in the near future.

“We are really looking forward to the new season,” he said.

“Last year was so promising for us and we had high hopes of winning the U15 league and competing for promotion in the U14s but these things were not to be.

“We have got a great set up here in Coachford, the coaches and players are buzzing to get back training initially and then playing.

“It is our intention to get back playing as soon as possible but due to the unclarity that was there up to a couple of weeks ago, we are only now beginning to put measures in place.

“We hope to have three teams in competition when it starts and we are working on the feasibility of getting the academy back running when and if it is safe to do so with kids of that age.

“Obviously things will be difficult from a physical point of view as well as financial.

“Our premier team will be back training in a couple of weeks time and we are looking at getting the schoolboys on the pitches soon after that, but that is dependent on the Covid figures remaining as they are or reducing even further.

“Our primary focus in all of this is the safety of the players, our coaches, and the families that they are returning to.

“We are currently identifying suitable Covid safety coordinators to work with each team and drawing up documentation for the players prior to them going on the training field.

“We are looking at all measures to make our grounds and facilities the safest they can be.

“We can’t wait to get back playing. We can’t wait to see the look on the lads’ faces as they come back and start kicking the ball around with their friends once again.”

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