With the support of the Dublin Waste to Energy Community Fain Fund, the Sports Club was able to invest in upgrading its facilities in recent years.
In 2016, following feedback and suggestions for possible development works from each of our sports, the club made an application for funding to the Community Gain Fund for a range of capital projects. In November 2016, we learned that we had been successful and allocated a grant to enhance the sporting and related facilities which we can offer to members and the local community.
Summary of development works
We refurbished and improved the club’s function room within the existing footprint of the clubhouse by expanding the function room and relocating the kitchen and toilets. This has enabled the club to do a better job of hosting meetings and events for community groups and our sports.
We replaced the existing tired and dated patio area in front of the clubhouse with a new one including a retractable pergotenda.
We are replacing the existing wooden bowls pavilion with a new sports club facility encompassing a new community and meeting / dressing rooms, toilets and a strength and conditioning training room. These works are almost complete with some final works planned for Summer 2021 at which stage we will proceed with our application for Building Controls approvals to open the facility.
We carried out basic renovations of our existing facilities with new showers, tiling and ventilation being added to the existing changing rooms. We have also installed a new dividing door to facilitate more efficient division of ladies and mens’ changing rooms to meet usage requirements from week to week.
We erected new storage sheds for use by the club for grounds equipment as well as sheds for use by our sports, schools and other community groups.
We have extended the car parking area by demolishing the dilapidated buildings currently alongside the car park.
We have erected new ball-stop netting and will also put up four new practice (low level) floodlights beside the junior soccer pitch at the Radcliffe Hall side of the grounds to enable the underage teams to train during winter.
We have installed a new multipurpose path from the clubhouse up to tennis courts around the edge of the cricket playing fields.
We also completed various improvements to the cricket and soccer grass playing pitches by installing aditional drainage, ring drains and a soakaway.