Work is nearly complete on Fermoy Soccer Club’s new all-terrain pitch, with hopes it should open in time for the new season at the end of the month.
The development, which cost over €700,000, was necessary as the club has over 600 members all using the same two grass pitches.
Aidan O’Mahony, chairman of Fermoy Soccer Club, told The Echo that the club currently has over 20 competitive teams, as well as a boys’ academy and a girls’ academy, with a dramatic increase in female squads recently.
“We had to switch, facilities wise, to an all-weather pitch because we couldn’t continue with so many members using the same grass pitches,” O’Mahony said. “We have another facility that we put in seven years ago, but it’s a training ground, it’s not big enough to have matches, so what we’ll have now will be an approved playing ground. by FIFA.
The club, which received a sports capital grant of €150,000, has also raised funds separately for development.
“We were fortunate to receive a very, very generous donation from local businessman Tom Cavanagh, who has been one of our very generous sponsors over the years, and without this contribution we would not have just couldn’t move forward with this development,” Mr. O’Mahony said.
Support from the local community and local businesses has helped keep the club going, and selling signs around the pitch has been vital, he added.
“Charlie McCarthy of McCarthy Insurance Group has been our primary sponsor for over 20 years, and we simply wouldn’t be able to continue without Charlie,” Mr O’Mahony said.
All the major work is done, with floodlights in place, and all that’s left to do is tidy up, Mr O’Mahony said. The club therefore hopes to be able to send teams to the new all-season surface of Fermoy Soccer Club very soon.