ATHENRY CLUB NEWS
A RETURN TO FOOTBALL?
Galway FA Press Release; Regarding Return to Football.
The past few months have been extremely challenging. The constant uncertainty of what lies
ahead has made this winter a tougher one than normal. Our game has not escaped the impact of this virus with the voiding of the 2019/2020 season and the severe schedule impacts to the 2020/2021 season with the ban on games and contact training since early October and the increased restrictions that came into effect over Christmas which now completely halts activity until at least 1st February. The situation has also escalated drastically over the past week and all reports are suggesting that the worst is yet to come as our hospitals come under increasing pressure.
This makes any future planning about what is in essence, a hobby, very difficult. However, for most of us involved, football is so much more than a hobby and normally offers us a chance of respite from the daily grind. We have no concrete dates except the current Government date of 31st January, and it has been impossible to get any further dates on record.
The Galway FA are continuing to review the various options for completing the 2020/2021
season and will finalise a decision on the best approach as the Government guidelines on
restrictions become clearer. Voiding the 2020/2021 season is not being considered. We are continuing with the expectation drawn from the Government guidelines that football will return in the spring and we will have opportunities to complete our competitions. This will involve either an extension to the season to avail of the long summer evenings, reducing the number of rounds in competitions where viable, removing the odds and evens juvenile format, or a combination of all these.
Within our Clubs, the appetite to return to football when its’ safe to do so is clear and this is
certainly the intention of the Galway FA. Various virtual consultations will take place with the Clubs over the coming weeks as the situation evolves. We encourage all of our Clubs and their members to follow all of the Government Guidelines over the coming weeks and to stay focused on the fact that football will return in 2021.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL IN 2021
We cannot wait until we are all back out on the pitch for the all new 2021 season.
Athenry AFC is wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and want to extend our best hopes, wishes & thanks to our coaches, committee and covid officers that have kept the club going in these testing times. The club will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary year this year having been founded in 1971. Celebrations to follow soon we promise.
ATHENRY REPRESENTATION IN GALWAY FA MILLENIUM TEAM
Well what a fantastic achievement for these lads to have been selected for The Galway FA Team Of The Millenium. No less than four (4) Athenry FC players have been included in what seems to have been a major coup for Athenry as Seamie Crowe, Cathal Fahy, Benny Lawless and Paddy Quinn are all included. Three of the Millenium Stars are still with the club, two as players and one as manager.
Seamie Crowe's return as manager this season will see a strong challenge for the title of best team in Galway when the new season gets underway in 2021 if his history is anything to go by. A manager who brought his full fantastic and highly successful playing experience to the fore when he managed Athenry, previously winning the title. With this season curtailed due to Covid and with the team strongly positioned before the season was prematurely ended Athenry will hope to pick up where they left off under Seamie's proven mentorship.
Cathal Fahy's inclusion was only to be expected considering how the evergreen striker has performed over the years as his enthusiasm and sheer determination have seen no let up, even in latter years where his goals and leadership on the pitch has certainly inspired younger players to come on in leaps and bounds at the club. With his many trophies he must certainly have been one of the first names on the list.
Paddy Quinn must be seen as one of the most cultured defenders to have ever graced the boys in maroon. A complete gentlemen off the pitch and certainly ruthless on it. This has seen him win no less than six (6) Galway titles as well as major trophies over the years. There doesn't seem to be any let up with him gracing the sports field at Moanbaun and beyond, despite assurances a few years ago to this author that he was only giving it one more year. Well Done to all on a super achievement, Legends all of you. To see Athenry's own Team of the Millenium please go to our facebook page.
CLUB NEWS WRAP
You may not think that there is too much happening at the club with competitive soccer being put on the back burner for a while but Athenry Football Club still seems to be quite busy these days. Especially with our Girls going from strength to strength as we saw over 50 girls from U6,U8 & U10 training last Saturday. We positively encourage New members to join all the time for all of our teams. It is perhaps gratifying to see these youngsters taking everything that life throws at them and still having the resilience to bounce back and get back on that pitch! Well done to the players, parents & guardians and to those coaches and mentors who are out there. Thank You.
OUR ACADEMY CONTINUES
Whilst we have all been hit by the stop and start nature of football over the past year its heartening to see that Our Little Stars just keep on going and its especially heartening to see the enthusiasm of all involved from young athlete to coach to parents/guardians and mentors. Athenry Football Club promises our young players the club is doing its utmost to keep all of its members safe and to make you all aware of the steps necessary to continue doing what we do. So keep the faith and hopefully these days will be distant memories as we close out 2020 and begin afresh.
“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.”
– Magic Johnson (LA LAKERS)
CONSTRUCTION STARTS ON PATHWAY
Work started today on the construction of a path from the car park to the ring road. Athenry Football Club is delighted that this work is underway. We would like to thank Cllr Gabe Cronnelly who has been pitching for this over the years on behalf of the club and to local council engineer Peter Gavin for applying for the grant to enable this at short notice. We would also like to thank our neighbours for facilitating this and we hope there is not too much convenience to them during the construction. This work when complete will result in a safer route to the clubhouse and onwards to our community walkway. Whilst we are going through difficult times this development and the completion of the walkway are positives to the respective clubs and the community as a whole.
NEW CLUB TRAINING PROTOCOLS ARE NOW IN PLACE
The club has been very active in trying to make all training that occurs at Athenry's Moanbaun home ground facility as safe as possible with adherence and compliance to Covid regulations. With this in mind Athenry Football Club would like to draw your attention to the following New Club Training Protocols that are now in place for all those entering Moanbaun for training purposes. Please Click Here -NEW CLUB PROTOCOLS PAGE .PDF FILE LINK HERE
NEW ASTRO TRAINING TIMES ANNOUNCED
Athenry Football Club would like to draw your attention to our new Training Times that have been updated recently. Your new times are available HERE.
LIMITED MEMBERS DRAW SEPTEMBER RESULTS
Congratulations to this months Limited Members Draw Winners. This important fundraiser provides much need funds for Athenry FC as we go forward with club development over the seasons ahead. To get involved and to be a part of the club and in how we move forward then please see here. Our Winners for September are 1st Martin Hansberry, 2nd Michael Killeen & 3rd Eamonn Howley.
CLICK & COLLECT SERVICE FROM DECLAN
Athenry Football Club - Local Directory 2020/21
Athenry FC would like to stress the importance of collaborating and supporting all of our local businesses to enable them to grow, while protecting local jobs. This is a win/win for our Club, the Community and Businesses involved.
Below follows a personal message from Declan Rooney who was one of our Exhibitors (Partners) at our main fundraising event in 2019. Please give him all the support you can. We are happy to support. "Buy local or bye bye local"
Due to the announcement of the new government restrictions on Wednesday regarding the level 5 lock down we will be closing for a period of 6 weeks. However, we are happy to announce that we will be launching a collection service for customers starting next week. Over the next few days we will be posting pictures on Facebook of all of our stock. If you wish to purchase anything please send me a message on Facebook with your order or you can call on 086 224 9959. You can pay for your order before collection to minimise contact if you wish. Orders will then be available for collection at the shop on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 2-5pm starting Tuesday 27th October. All orders can also be posted for customers living outside the 5km limit.
We really appreciate all the business since returning after the first lock down and hopefully this service will make it easier to complete your Christmas shopping. If there are any emergencies such as family bereavements feel free to call me on the number above.
COVID TIPS FOR ATHENRY FC
The following are some key points in helping stop the spread of COVID 19. We continue to follow the appropriate up to date guidelines.
1.No person (child, parent/guardian, coach, player) should attend an event if unwell or any members of their household are unwell with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 including awaiting test/ results or a confirmed case.
2.Social (Physical) distancing, hand hygiene, and good respiratory etiquette should be observed by all (children, parents, coaches and adult players).
3.Households should bring their own household members to the event and not share transport to or from the venue.
4.If the parent/guardian is staying at the event, they should not congregate at the venue, please maintain the correct social distancing and wear a face mask.
5.We encourage parents to have children wait in the car or outside the venue until just before the beginning of a practice, warm-up, instead of congregating with other children prior to the start.
Notification of attendance to the COVID-19 compliance officer or event organiser ensures adequate facilities and staff for safer training and contact tracing. This is done prior to the start of training.
6.Children should arrive, train and leave in their gear.
7.Everyone should be encouraged to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in a waste paper bin.
8.Avoid sharing of water-bottles. Each child should bring their own water-bottle clearly labeled with their name.
9.Where physical distancing is not possible or followed, face coverings should be worn by coaches, officials, parents, volunteers and any other spectators present. Face coverings are not intended to protect the wearer, but rather to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 from the person wearing the mask.
Thank you for your continued support and adherence to government regulation.
FAI STATEMENT ON CESSATION OF GAMES
The FAI has confirmed the suspension of all adult amateur and underage football matches in the country following the government's introduction of nationwide Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions from midnight tonight. Non-contact training can continue as per Return to Training Protocols. We hope to be back to matches by the 30th October. We urge everyone involved in our Sport to push our Community to stick to the plan and get these numbers down again. Our thoughts are with all of those local businesses that are now in an untenable position and to those that have lost their jobs. Let's support them by doing our bit and following these guidelines.
NEW CLUB MERCHANDISE NOW AVAILABLE
Athenry FC is pleased to announce that we are now taking orders for our ALL NEW Athenry FC Club gear. Please follow our club link here to view and to order.
NEW 2020/21 TRAINING TIMES UPDATED
Want to know when your training days and times are on? Then check out our all new schedules for all age groups from Seniors to our Little Stars Academy. Training Schedule Here
This Saturdays (26/07/20) Senior A game against West Utd has been postponed. The Galway FA decided the game should not proceed after a positive Covid Case at West Utd. Athenry send our Best Wishes to all at West. This fixture will be rearranged at some stage in the future.
Last week saw an excellent away win for Seamie Crowe's side as it it ended Loughrea Rams 1 Athenry FC 2 with Cole Connolly & Colm O'Donovan scoring. With Jackson De Silva, Lucas Vinicius and Nathan Ward all leaving the club at the end of last season this first game and win will give a great boost to the squad and their chances of a good challenge to the premier title. Also last week it ended Athenry B 4, Galway Bohs 2 (Marcos Vasconcelos x2, Brian O'Curnain & Alex Park) with Man of the Match Darragh Nolan having an excellent match.
FOOTBALL IN FULL SWING
Yes restrictions are still in place and yes it may not be football as we remember it. But lets be thankful that its back!! This weekend regardless of the result was a good week for the club and all of the clubs that are back kicking ball. On Saturday a few stand outs - In the GFA U12 Premier
it ended Athenry 2-0 Tuam Celtic and both U14 sides battled out draws 0-0 v Merlin Woods FC/Medtronic (u14 div 2) and 2-2 v Cregmore/Claregalway FC (u14 championship). Reserves had a good 2-1 win in the Western Hygiene Supplies Division 3 over Renmore B with Brian O'Curnain & Dali Mbongo scoring. On Sunday in the GFA u12 Girls Division 2 a fantastic game of football with no less than 10 (ten) goals shared as it ended Athenry B 5-5 Colga B ably assisted by referee Jimmy McElroy who kept the game flowing as much as possible and in the GFA u12 Girls Premier league it also ended Athenry 5-5 Bearna Na Forbacha with the same referee again! u15 Girls Division 1 Athenry B also beat Colga B 3-1 with scorers Molly Noone, Isabella Lyons and captain Sinead O'Mahony all scoring.
ACADEMY RETURNS ON SATURDAY
Athenry Football Club would like to welcome back all players to Academy training which begins this Saturday the 12th September in Moanbaun. Check out our new training times.
Galway FA 2020/21 season starts in just over a week, to avoid not being properly registered on time for the first game, please follow the link and fill out the appropriate age group for Membership.FIND YOUR MEMBERSHIP RATES HERE
UPCOMING FIXTURES FOR ATHENRY
Athenry Senior 'A' will kick off their season in the Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division on Saturday 12th September with a 2pm kick off versus Maree/Oranmore. Other scheduled fixtures for Athenry include the following fixtures on Sunday 13th September 2020.
GFA U12 Girls Division 2 @10am Athenry B V Colga B
GFA U12 Girls Championship @10am Athenry V Corrib Celtic
GFA U15 Girls Premier League @12pm Athenry V Bearna Na Forbacha
GFA U15 Girls Division 1 @12pm Colga B V Athenry B
GFA Ladies U19 Premier League @2pm Athenry V Cregmore/Claregalway FC
ATHENRY SUCCUMB TO PENALTIES IN SEMI FINAL
Athenry exited the FAI New Balance Junior Cup on penalties (5-3) after a tight and often cagey semi final match played in Limerick on Saturday. The men from county Galway should be very proud of their exertions and for what they have achieved this season despite the restrictions that have been placed on all sport in the country in efforts to combat Covid 19. The game saw Athenry concede a penalty just before the 90 minutes were up and then snatch a dramatic equalizer, care of a sublime O'Donovan strike in injury time. In a strange season that had promised much more with their excellent league form and this fantastic run in the FAI New Balance Junior Cup the concession of a goal from a penalty on 89 minutes would mean despair for most teams but Dave Crimmins has stepped up well and instilled a belief in a team that never knows when its beaten. An heroic effort nonetheless, despite the disappointment from all involved at the club for this season, both from the management team to the players on the pitch. The season may be over but there wont be much time to lick their wounds as many teams are already in pre season training and Athenry will be back you can be assured of that. Good Luck and our best wishes to Fairview Rangers in the final. Match Summary Here.
GIRLS BACK TRAINING
Every year are girls teams continue to grow and grow with this year going to be no different as U13's & U15's begin training once again. With friendly matches now being arranged we are looking for new players to join us. Any girls interested in joining please contact Brian on 0877731506. We positively encourage New players to join each season. So don't be shy, why not come and play a sport you love, meet new friends and you never know you may even enjoy yourself!!!
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Club Membership for new and existing players for the 2020/2021 season has commenced with the leagues due to be published in the coming weeks, this will also coincide with our return to training and return to play for 2020/2021. Prior to returning to training/play all volunteers, parents and players must have read the FAI Covid-19 return to training/play protocols and ensure they are familiar with and adhere to all current protocols at all times. All protocols are based on current HSE guidelines and are aligned with the Government roadmap. In addition, each parent, player, spectator, official, coach and volunteer etc must adhere to safeguarding measures regarding foreign travel and self-isolation. If you have returned from foreign travel or have been requested to self-isolate you must self-isolate for 14 days and stay away from all club related activities e.g. training, playing, meetings, spectating etc. If you are symptomatic in anyway you must also stay away and consult your GP.
If you are uncertain about any aspect of the return to play protocols or safe-guarding measures please contact the club via our Facebook page
Please do your part in keeping us all safe! Thanks for your corporation.
FAI Covid-19 return to training/play protocols
FAI JUNIOR CUP SEMI FINAL
A big day for everyone involved with the club as the FAI New Balance Junior Cup 2019/20 Semi Final Day has been announced! Where its Fairview Rangers FC v Athenry FC on Saturday 22nd August at The Fairgreen in Limerick with a scheduled kick-off at 5pm. This promises to be a proud day for Athenry as they represent Galway in this blue riband of events. Tickets will not be available to the public, a maximum capacity of 200 people altogether (players, management, committee, dignitaries, media and medical) are allowed to attend due to the current Covid restrictions. Please avoid disappointment and arrange to watch the game live on Facebook. The game will be streamed live across Facebook starting half an hour before kick off, Full Time Productions will be covering the game. Links will be shared on the day so everyone will be able to watch the game on any device in a safe environment. Keep checking Facebook page.
All fixtures remain subject to Government guidelines and the FAI will update all Protocols at at www.fai.ie if Government advice changes.
ACADEMY COACHES MEETING
Athenry AFC are holding an Academy Coaches meeting Thursday evening at 8.00pm in the Clubhouse, Moanbaun, Athenry. We are appealing to any parent considering helping out with coaching in any capacity to come along, you’ll be extremely welcome!
We need as many people involved with all age groups this year with all the logistical considerations these days. We know all the people involved with the Club have missed the enjoyment we all get from coaching and developing the kids since March. Sporting involvement will be more vital than ever during these pandemic times for the children’s social and mental well being. We are all volunteers working for our community at Athenry FC and would really appreciate more hands on deck.
If you are interested in helping in ANY way please reach out either by attending the meeting tomorrow or contacting Academy Coordinators Ronan Hoarty 0870929584 or Richie Humphries 0872980700 directly. Thank You Everyone.
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
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
– 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
– 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTACT INFORMATION & SOCIAL MEDIA:
Club Email: email@example.com
Facebook: Athenry Football Club
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.
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
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
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.