ATHENRY CLUB NEWS​​ 2019/20


UNDERAGE SOCCER TRIALS

AFC Boys Under 13 Trials (born 2008) is on Tuesday 11th Aug, 2020 at Moanbaun, Athenry.
From 6.00pm - 8.00pm on grass. All players are welcome (new, old, past and present).
Please check-in 30 mins before start time at the clubhouse. Contact Cormac 0868510210.

​Boys Under 15 is also back up and running with the next session on this coming Friday 7th Aug 2020 from 5pm to 6.15pm in Moanbaun. Once again Past, Present and New players are all welcome to join. Born 2006.


FOOTBALL RETURNS TO NEW NORMALITY

​Football is back for the 2020/21 season. Training has returned for most girls age groups from U12 to U19. Please contact the team coach for training days and times. All players are welcome to join in. Registration will start in the next few days. Please keep checking our Facebook and website pages. IMPORTANT Please Note- Health and safety guidelines and protocols must be adhered to, all parents and players should know their role in helping to prevent the spread of Covid 19. If a player does not feel well, they must not attend training. Our Academy football will return two weeks after schools are back. (U10 to 3 year olds).


ATHENRY SUCCUMB TO LATE GOAL

Last week may have been a tale of elation but this weekend saw Athenry go out of the Connacht Junior Cup to an 88th minute headed goal at Moanbaun which settled this enthralling tie in Round 5 when it looked odds on more football would have to be played to settle this game. We wish Castlebar Celtic the best of luck in the quarter finals.


FAI SUMMER CAMP - ATHENRY NEWS

​Please be advised that Booking Lines have just opened for your Club’s FAI Summer Camp, It runs from August 10th–14th. 081 818 7187. Phone lines open for bookings from 8am-10pm. Take A Look Here


ITS A RUSH TO THE SEMI FINALS FOR ATHENRY

View Highlights here

Athenry advanced to a mouth watering semi final in this blue riband of events that is the FAI Junior Cup. They will be up against 8 times winners Fairview Rangers of Limerick. Despite the swirling wind and rain that threatened this FAI Junior Cup Quarter final at Moanbaun, it was a testament to the club and its hard working members that the pitch was in excellent condition as the game kicked off and what a start it was. With the wind affecting both sides, precision passing in the initial stages was at a premium, but with the referee playing advantage and letting play run smoothly it was a long range Colm O'Donovan shot that flew into the net leaving the Rush goalkeeper leaping after thin air after only 7 minutes. This gave the home side the confidence to start opening up the game and shortly afterwards a penalty was superbly slotted home by Adam Duffy to put further daylight between the two sides. With Rush gaining ground as the half progressed, it was Da Silva who stood firm in the Athenry back line to show what a growing reputation the Brazilian has, as he gave a no holds barred lesson in how to defend. With the visitors profligate with their set pieces in the first half the ascendancy became Athenry's as a Nathan Ward opportunistic header was directed home, after some head tennis in the Rush box gave the men from Galway County a third. If Athenry were in any doubt about the resilience of their County Dublin visitors then this was put to the test as they grabbed a penalty to put themselves back into the game just before half time. With an expected onslaught to come at the turnaround, it was a real show of character from both sides, as the game created chances for the watching crowd and the many more viewing online. With Rush Athletic tightening up on their set pieces, this time another penalty scored put the game back in the balance, but with more resolute defending and excellent workrate from Ray Moran and Garvan Broughall in Athenrys midfield the home side cruised into the semi finals. 

Final Score Athenry FC 3, Rush Athletic 2,
Scorers: Colm O'Donovan, Adam Duffy & Nathan Ward


CAPACITY LIMITED FOR FAI CUP GAME ON SATURDAY

This Saturday our First Team face Rush Athletic from Dublin in the FAI Junior Cup quarter final at 2pm. A reminder to all, due to current restrictions there are no tickets on sale for the game, with maximum capacity at 200, a list of all those attending will be finalised tomorrow evening.
You can however still support the team as the game will be LIVE on our Facebook page.
Avoid any disappointment on the day by being refused entry and arrange to watch the game from the comfort of your own home maybe with a friend or two. 


U15 GIRLS RECRUITING

Athenry u15 Girls (2007 & 2006) training is back and the girls are currently participating in a camp run by Galway WFC. Any girls interested in joining contact Brian on 0877731506.


U12'S - GREAT TO BE BACK PLAYING
Athenry FC U12's have been very busy and were back playing football last weekend and this week. Acquitting themselves very well they began playing competitive matches under the new Covid 19 protocols. Thank you to Covid Officers Sharon Cooley, Aine Griallais and Kathleen McCarthy as well as Peter Gilhooley and Tommy Fahy. They hosted Salthill Devon and Manulla on the Saturday and  Athlone Town on the Sunday then went South to Limerick as they faced  Academy & Aisling Annacotty FC where they played two development games 9v9 and an 11v11. 
We thank all of our supporters who travelled as well as Annacoty for the invitation to take part.​


PLENTY OF MATCHES COMING UP

​Let's get back playing! Visit our club Events page here to see what important matches are now scheduled for the next few weeks. Plenty of Cup action to keep us all occupied.

DONT FORGET OUR AGM Wednesday at 8pm in the Raheen Woods.


​VOLUNTEERING AT ATHENRY AFC
There are many roles and duties within the Club:
– Teams: Managing/Coaching/Supervising/ - Taxi/Laundry/Equipment
– Clubhouse:Maintenance/Admin/Cleaning/Tea&Coffee/Sandwiches
– Pitches: Grass Cutting/Lining/Landscaping/Litter
– Social Media: Facebook/Twitter/Insatgram/Website/YouTube
– Promotion: Newspaper Articles/Match Reports/Journalism/Events/IT
– Committee: Day to Day running/Galway FA/Planning
– Registration: Junior/Juvenile/Admin
– Helping
– Fundraising
– Child Welfare
– Youth Development
– Other: Photography/Grants/First Aid
– Social Media: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Website/YouTube

If you are interested in getting involved or have a skill set you feel the club could benefit from please get in contact with anyone of our Committee members or e-mail the club at athenry@galwayfa.ie

CONTACT INFORMATION & SOCIAL MEDIA:
Club Email: athenry@galwayfa.ie
Facebook: Athenry Football Club
Twitter: @athenryfootball
Instagram: athenry_afc


AGM ANNOUNCEMENT

Athenry Association Football Club is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our clubs Annual General Meeting for 2020 on Wednesday 8th July at 8pm in the Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry. Please be aware that we will be following Covid 19 protocols at all times to keep everyone attending safe and informed at all times. We look forward to welcoming you all there.


COMPLIANCE OFFICERS AND MORE POSITIONS AVAILABLE

This is a key role and the club needs additional volunteers to make themselves available here as realistically a single compliance officer per team may be required. The role and responsibilities of this position can be viewed on the FAI website but in summary this person’s role will be to attend and observe the training session, keep a record of attendees at all training sessions, and liaise with the Coaches and Club Chairperson on the processes and procedures around the training facility and training session content. This person must be a club member and if appointed to a team with underage players will be required to have up to date Garda Vetting and completed Safeguarding 1 training. The club will assist in any volunteer in acquiring these. Please approach the club directly, or an existing coach or committee member if you would like to volunteer for this role. In addition Athenry FC are beginning preparations for the 2020/21 season. We are looking to add some fresh faces with new ideas to our team of coaches. There are 23 teams in competition throughout the year with over 550 members, catering for both male and female. Whether you are a seasoned coach or a beginner looking for somewhere to get started, we encourage you to get in touch and see what happens. Lots of positions available. so dont be shy, as we would welcome any time contributions from those who want to get involved in a progressive club. Please contact anyone at the club and they will put you in touch with us.


GALWAY FA ANNOUNCEMENT

The Galway FA held a very successful EGM on the online communications platform Zoom tonight, Wednesday 3rd June. The EGM was well attended with only 2 of the clubs unable to attend. The committee had given a recommendation at an earlier Zoom meeting to agree with the motion which was: 'The Galway FA will void the 2019/2020 season'.

That earlier meeting was held 2 weeks ago and the committee explained the reasons behind their recommendation. Clarity was given in line with the FAI Safer Return to Football Road Map and Clubs were also given an opportunity that night to express their opinions.


Tonight, the clubs carried the motion by a vote of 130 to 29. This means that all football divisions and competitions in Galway are now voided so there will be no winners, promotions or relegations. The Galway FA will now notify the Connacht FA, SFAI, WFAI and FAI of the decision and a formal request will be made for permission to start the new season at the end of August/start of September. The FAI's comprehensive Roadmap for a Safer Return to Football currently states that winter Leagues, like Galway, must wait until mid October. The Galway FA are confident that this request will be granted as the Road map allows for Summer Leagues to start again in late August. The Galway FA would like to thank their Clubs and members for their participation and engagement in this process. It was an extremely difficult but courageous decision to make and clubs can now begin preparations for a return to football in line with impending guidelines from the Governing Body.

End Press Release: Kind Regards, Galway FA Committee.


ATHENRY COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER GROUP

​Today is day 72 of our response efforts to help our community during the COVID19 pandemic. We will continue to help our wider community in the days and weeks ahead.SEE HERE 
Remember as this lockdown starts to ease..... you decide for you, I'll decide for me. None of us have the same circumstances (medically high risk child/ family member or a business about to go under, etc.) Let's all stay in our own lanes and keep the judgement down as we begin to unlock. No one should feel pressured either way.


APRILS CLUB DEVELOPMENT DRAW WINNERS

In our endeavours to make sure the following projects are realised the Moanbaun Community Walkway, the IAAF Standard 8 Lane running track & the FIFA approved 4G All-Weather Pitch.

Please keep on reading.......

You can help support this development, it is as simple as buying one cup of coffee per week for the Club. In return you will be entered into the Club Draw and play your part in the building something for the Community.
TAKE A LOOK HERE


50/50 Club Draw: Winners for April 2020: 1st - Louis O'Hara, 2nd - Francis Doyle, 3rd - Eddie Fox. Thank you to everyone that has entered. If you would like to enter this Monthly Draw and for more information please check out our website or contact one of our committee members.


ATHENRY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT

Unfortunately, due to the continued misuse of our grounds we have had to close the gates. As requested last week, (pitches have been aerated, sanded and seeding) we asked that there be no games played on any of the pitches. Training of members up to four people is allowed providing there is social distancing and keep off the pitches. (informal training/outdoor exercise only). Anti-social behaviour is prohibited at any time, drinking and smoking, damaging prefabs, breaking goalposts etc. Unfortunately, we have tried different ways of resolving this with members reporting back to the committee if they see anything and talking to groups involved. This hasn't worked. It has come to a stage now where we have no choice but to involve the Gardai, should this continue any further. We all want to get back to some sort of normality as soon as possible, we need to adhere to the guildines set out by the government. 
Please Note: the Moanbaun Community Walkway can still be used and we appreciate those helping with letting us know if there is group gathering.


PITCH WORK CONTINUES

Aeration and sanding work has recently been carried out on our pitches in Moanbaun and Raheen to improve the surface structure of the soil and increase the drainage to maintain our pitches. Its takes a lot of work to keep these pitches in playable condition throughout the season. Athenry pitches accomodate 23 teams in various competitions from the club and with very variable and changing weather, it is not always easy to keep the pitches in great condition.
This work is being doing by
Corbett Sports Field Services. This will go a long way to help maintaining each pitch as best we can.


SFAI UPDATES

At its video conference meeting on 16/5/2020, the SFAI Executive Committee decided that all of its member Leagues shall be eligible to recommence fixtures and football activity once the schools have reopened, the weekend of 5/6 September next being the most appropriate date to effect the restart.
The restart will of course be subject to strict compliance with any Government agencies and the FAI’s  medical director Dr. Alan Byrne’s directions surrounding the Covid-19 virus pandemic.
With the uncertainty of the health situation and its restrictions it was agreed to clarify the situation and cancel the staging of the 2020 Kennedy Cup tournament, it was also agreed that SFAI competitions at both Skechers Cups and SUBWAY competitions levels, which have not been completed up to now, will not be completed.


FAI ROADMAP TO GETTING BACK PLAYING FOR ALL

​FAI plan for a SAFE return to football.

ADULT AMATEUR, UNDERAGE AND ALL OTHER AFFILIATED FOOTBALL

• All clubs are advised not to facilitate any organized training, including in groups of up to four, under Phase One of the Government’s Roadmap For Reopening Society and Business

• The FAI Steering Group will monitor the pilot programme for the four invited SSE Airtricity League clubs, to be launched on June 8th, and will use all information gathered in the preparation of a protocol document for a return for all adult amateur and underage football

• The cessation of all football activities under the jurisdiction of the FAI is extended to July 20th for all affiliates, with the exception of SSE Airtricity League clubs and UEFA Women’s Champions League representatives, Peamount United. A decision on Peamount United’s return to training will be made once dates are known for the UEFA Women’s Champions League

• Under Phase Four of the Government’s Roadmap For Reopening Society and Business, all adult amateur and underage clubs can begin their return to training programmes from July 20th, subject to FAI protocols to be agreed with Government agencies

• Under Phase Five of the Government’s Roadmap For Reopening Society and Business, all adult amateur and underage clubs can return to full collective training from August 10th

• All adult amateur and underage clubs can return to playing from August 28th

• A pilot tournament for the Women’s National League, including Peamount United, will be launched once dates are known for the UEFA Women’s Champions League

• A pilot programme for adult amateur and underage football will be launched on August 14th and run until August 28th

• Regional, provincial and national competitions in season 2019/20 can return from August 28th with FAI approval

• Winter Leagues wishing to complete their 2019/20 season will be given the option of applying to the FAI, via their affiliates, for an extension to their season until October 11th

• Applications from Winter Leagues looking to complete the 2019/20 season must be made to the FAI by June 15th with details to be forwarded to affiliates from the Steering Group by May 22nd

• Winter Leagues not wishing to complete their 2019/20 season can start their new 2020/21 season on October 16th

• 2020 Summer Leagues can return on August 28th and will be provided with support to create a shortened schedule to run up to December 13th

• All decisions around a return to collective training and playing for all adult amateur and underage football, will be based on the health and safety of all players, coaches, match officials, administrators and club volunteers

• All decisions will be subject to change on the advice of Government agencies, UEFA and the FAI Medical Team, led by Medical Director Dr Alan Byrne


LIMITED MEMBERS DRAW DIRECT DEBIT FORM ONLINE

We now have an AFC Limited Members Draw Direct Debit Form for you to print. Please click on our link on our club draw page or follow our link here. Print Direct Debit Form Here 


THANK YOU

Well done all our Club Members and families that that took part in our 1000km challenge yesterday. This was set up to raise awareness for suicide prevention, for Darkness into Light and to help Pieta House. You have exceeded the target with at total distance of 1330kms. 
We await a new date for Darkness into Light so that we can all get out and do it together. Donations can be made directly on their website. Maybe it is the situation we are in, it feels as though Community Spirit and pride of being part of a Community is coming back again!! Once again thank you all for your time, your photos and helping to break the stigma.
"It is ok not to be ok and absolutely ok to ask for help"

A massive SHOUT OUT to Luke Hession and all those who contributed kilometers to our grand total. Luke is 5 years of age, playing with Pauline's group of Little Stars, who did a whopping 8.5km cycle with his dad Stephen to add to the total. Brilliant lads and lasses!!!!
#athenry_afc #Darknessintolight2020 #pietahouse #togetherstronger


COMMITTEE MESSAGE ON AGM

Dear Members,
Athenry FC regrets to inform all of our members that this seasons hugely anticipated AGM has been postponed until further notice. The current committee will stay in place until restrictions have been lifted and it is safe to hold our Annual General Meeting. As there is a lot of interest in joining the committee for the coming year, we hope this is not to much of an inconvenience.
Thank you for your patience.
Kind Regards,
AFC Committee





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