EXCITING times lay ahead for Kinsale AFC.
The Madden Park outfit are currently revamping their clubhouse with more plans in the pipeline for the future too.
Kinsale secretary Phillip Cunningham has witnessed hugged growth in the club over recent years and is excited about the future.
“The redevelopment of the clubhouse is another positive step going forward and hopefully in the medium term we can start looking at the possibility of constructing a full size astro pitch on our grounds too with the support of fundraisers and community grants.
“We had only five or six schoolboys’ teams a few years ago but that figure has now doubled with Kinsale also registering a youth team, a senior ladies team and a number of girls teams too.
"We have seen a massive growth in the club over the past few years and it is important we do our best to cater for the players looking to play for Kinsale.”
Over the past decade, plans and aims developed and changed as the club grew bigger and bigger.
As a result, Kinsale, over time, focussed on more of a long-term plan which involved utilising more space to accommodate the growing numbers at the club.
Frank Hill has worked as the head of the building committee at the club and the club representative has worked diligently to make progress for the club alongside Brendan Fehily and Ben Ryan.
Hill talked about the scale of the project at hand.
“Over the past ten years we have been working to develop the grounds and we are making progress with the new clubhouse set to open in the near future with first rate dressing rooms and a community room which can be utilised by groups and bodies in the community.
“Barry Wright Construction have been excellent and everyone at the club is looking forward to availing of the new facilities.”
Hill also talked about the funds required to facilitate such a project and the current situation with the FAI.
“The current project has required a lot of funding and support including sports capital grants, European LEADER grants, County Council grants, our own loans, and a 10-year FAI grant which was agreed in 2018.
“We are still working with the FAI and we appreciate the current situation has been both difficult for the FAI and ourselves and we are hoping for a positive outcome in terms of funding for our project.
"The FAI have engaged with us and we are looking forward to availing of their support going forward.
“We also have had other successful fundraisers including the ‘Win a Gaff’ competition last year and the support from the locality has been fantastic too and I would very much like to thank anyone who has helped us along the way.”