MIDLETON FC have reached out to players, club members, and the broader community over the past eight weeks.
The Knockgriffin outfit have been working behind the scenes to try and keep their members active and connected. Knowing their adult and junior players were missing football at present, the club went about looking at ways they could support their members going forward.
Firstly, 15 volunteers made themselves available for anyone that required help through these difficult times. The club focused on ball-mastery challenges, delivered online to youngsters.
The club used Ray Lally fitness sessions twice a week for all members, helping them to stay active and help mental well-being in the process.
Social media was utilised again as the club posted daily football drills on their Facebook page and a ‘5km For Frontline’ fundraiser was organised, which raised a commendable €11,029.
Club chairman Michael Kirby thanked everyone for their ongoing support.
“The community has given so much back as well and it never ceases to amaze me the way our members and community have come together,” he said. “It’s been great to see such actions of human kindness. It shows what we mean to the community, and likewise what the community means to us and that’s something that will be important to carry on once all of this is over.
“These are difficult times but it’s about trying to stay positive. It’s given everyone a shock but it gives us all a chance to slow down and reflect upon our lives.
“Families are spending more time together; people are coming together to show their support for our amazing frontline workers. It’s hard to find positives because of the devastation this is causing, but it has truly made us appreciate our health service and show our gratitude to those who are putting their lives at risk.
“My message to all is thank you. It’s hard to put into words the contribution so many people have given to the club and community, so please keep it going,” he said.
Club volunteers have been looking after the facilities, with Fás and Secad workers returning to take over the maintenance thereafter.
The club continues to focus on planning for a full-size all-weather pitch at Knockgriffin Park and a suitable site for new training base with three training pitches.
The club prides itself on being a family and community club and the focus has remained on raising funds for local charities Midleton Community Hospital and Midleton Meals on Wheels.