|Posted on 22 January, 2018 at 13:00||comments (0)|
We have sent an urgent email to all of our coaches, asking them to attend a meeting next Monday evening.
We need to prepare our plans for 2018, and to obtain their views on a range of issues that affect the Club and its continued development.
In the email, our chairman, Kieran Devenish, wrote:
"One of the issues that we need to discuss is how we should work together to develop a full-size grass pitch at Furbo.
"The Club has tentatively secured a Sports Capital Grant of €50,000 towards this project – but that Grant will be lost unless we start the work within the next two years.
"And because we regard our coaches as an integral part of this Club – it's 'beating heart' – it's essential that we find out your views on how the club is being managed and what needs to be done to improve things."
This meeting will be held between 8.30pm – 9.45pm next Monday, 29th January, in the function room at the Twelve Hotel, Barna. (An Beanna Beola - top Floor).
All coaches are asked to reply to the email, indicating if they can attend or not.
|Posted on 19 October, 2017 at 10:15||comments (0)|
Club chairman, Kieran Devenish, made a presentation to Tommy Tiernan, in thanks for donating his fee from last night's SOLD OUT gig to Bearna-Na Forbacha Aontaithe.
It is a cherry and bog pine 'Galway Hooker' created by Tom Taaffe, Furbo.
The inscription under the piece reads simply: B na F 18th October 2017, To Tommy.
The club is currently embarking on a massive €1M development at Na Forbacha, with the first phase - astro pitches - nearing completion. Tommy's generosity will mean so much to the children from the Connemara Gaeltacht playing soccer today, but also those into the future.
Thanks also to all the staff at the Salthill Hotel, who gave us the use of the ballroom for free.
Pictured are Club Executive members: Noel O'Toole, Liam Roche, Niall Rooney, Kieran Devenish, and Joe Reddington.
(Watch Kieran's short speech on our Facebook page).
|Posted on 12 October, 2017 at 17:45||comments (0)|
|Posted on 23 August, 2017 at 7:15||comments (0)|
|Posted on 2 August, 2017 at 7:00||comments (0)|
We sent over 100 letters to members outside the parish during the summer, in the hope that they would help the club through our new Supporters' Draw. Our members in the parish are already contributing through the 'Fiver A Week' fundraiser - which has been an amazing help in getting our astro pitch to its current state.
The membership subs we receive cover only about 60% of our annual expenses, not to mention this being a time of immense growth for the club - our astro pitches are due to be open within weeks.
If you received a letter, we would appreciate if you could return the bank mandate's in the self-addressed envelope to Niall Rooney as soon as possible.
Below is the text of the letter sent by our club chairman, Kieran Devenish:
Attached to this letter you’ll find – not one, but – two very important ‘Supporter Sheets.’ The purpose of each of these sheets is to raise vital new funds to help our club secure exciting new training facilities and realise a long cherished dream of having a full-sized grass playing pitch of our own. That’s our goal! And by working together as a team, I know we can do it.
The first – and most important - Supporter Sheet of all is for you. That’s the green one. And please! Please say you’ll support us as generously as you can by completing and returning your green Supporter Sheet to us as quickly as you possibly can.
Having you on our support team will be wonderful! It will be a hugely positive step forward for all of us in Bearna na Forbacha Aontaithe Club. But - and nobody will appreciate this better than you do - like every successful team in our game, the more ‘strikers’ we have available to us, the more opportunities we have of achieving our goal.
And that’s what your second ‘Supporter Sheet’ – the white one – is all about. Please, before the week is out, will you strategically pass your second supporter sheet (the white sheet!) to a friend, a work colleague or another member of your family and ask them if they also will support us in this community-wide task.
Tell them that by making a €10 monthly donation to the Bearna Na Forbacha Aontaithe Club Draw, not only will they be actively supporting the development of one of our own local clubs, but they will immediately secure for themselves opportunity after opportunity to win some fabulous monthly draw prizes.
There’ll be prizes every single month for the coming year! This means that month after month after month, somebody’s got to win one of our super monthly prizes. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that ‘somebody’ was you, or if it was someone who you personally encouraged to pitch in and support us.... indeed you could both be winners on different months.
But first, we need your support... and then we need you to help us to actively spread the word by passing on the white sheet to another family member or a friend and actively encouraging them to become a supporter too.
As I said at the outset of this important letter to you... if as many club members like you as possible pitch in to support this local fundraising campaign, together we can achieve our goal and everyone in our community will benefit.
Please say you’ll support us.
|Posted on 28 November, 2016 at 10:30||comments (0)|
Ta P & D Lydon ag obair go crua..... suas sna Forbacha.
There has been a massive change to the landscape of our site at Knockavoddy, Furbo, in a matter of weeks.
Our contractor, P & D Lydon, has had three heavy machines working during daylight hours for the past month or so.
One of the biggest challenges for us at this site had been dealing with the terrain - an expensive headache - as one part was full of rock, and the other was bog!
Our first phase was dealing with the rock, and at this stage, most of it has been broken down.
The site is almost at the required level to add the 'core', and it will not be long after that before our astro pitches are in place.
Our hope is that these will be ready to use early next year.
When we devised this plan, we wanted to provide facilities that would serve the existing needs of the club/community, but also provide for the future. So, with this in mind, we will be installing one large astro pitch, which can be divided into three smaller pitches for training.
The largest one is big enough to be used for a nine-a-side match at U12 level. The full measurements are 74x46m.
Our contractors are also due to fill the boglands in preparation for our second phase, which is an international sized pitch.
Our sincere thanks goes to the neighbours for their understanding, and to everyone from the club who has worked tirelessly to make this a reality for the children of now and into the future.
It goes without saying, that this is a very expensive undertaking, so if you can help with fundraising, please contact us.
|Posted on 31 October, 2016 at 15:35||comments (0)|
|Posted on 12 October, 2016 at 7:20||comments (0)|
We can hardly believe that work has already started on our three new all-weather astro pitches at Na Forbacha.
It was a massive leap of faith for the club to purchase rocky land alongside the existing playing fields in Knockavoddy, but it is certainly coming to fruition.
We hope that this first phase of the development will take approximately 4-5 months, and that the pitches will be ready to use in early 2017.
Not alone will it provide our players and community with a world-class training facility, but also a source of income, and an invaluable asset for the future.
The second phase of the facility - a full size grass pitch - will start at a later date.
FAI chief, John Delaney, visited the site last year, and pledged his full support.
All of this work comes at a massive cost, though, so if you can join our fundraising committee please contact us.