Congratulations to our very own Ailbe Coffey, who has been selected by the LDSL to receive a Contribution to Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Award at the upcoming LDSL Annual Awards Presentation on Friday, October 27. Well done Ailbe, fully deserved. Everyone in the club is very proud of you and delighted for you.
It’s a big National Cup Day on Saturday, when we welcome teams from the North Tipp, Limerick County & South Tipp Leagues to Derryleigh Park. Our U14 schoolboys play Lough Derg FC at 12 noon, the U16’s play Holycross Afc at 2pm on the top pitch, while at the same time the U14 girls play Cahir Park AFC on the bottom pitch. Please try and come along to support our players in these very important games. As usual the Derryleigh Dugout will be open for hot & cold drinks and refreshments before and during the games. C’mon the Town!
Well done to our U18 players, Devlin Courtney, Elliott Slattery & Troy Porter, who have been called up for trials for the Limerick Oscar Traynor squad this coming Sunday in U.L. Best of luck lads.
Thanks to everyone who dropped up bags of old clothes to Derryleigh Park a couple of weeks ago. This fundraiser was done in association with the National Council for the Blind and both the club and the charity will now benefit as a result. We have now received confirmation from the charity that 150 bags were collected and these items will now be sold in the charity shops throughout Ireland. Your support helped raise €750 for the club. Thank you very much.
We have very kindly been offered bag packing slots in Dunnes Stores, Childers Road on Friday November 17 from 10am to 8pm. This is a great opportunity for our club to raise some vital funds. Anyone over 16 can help. Ideally we would like volunteers to fill two hour slots. All volunteers will be entered into a draw for a voucher. Please text or call Sarah 087 2826155, Amanda 086 0442323 or Maeve 086 8534966. Please specify what time suits and, how much time you can help us out with. We really would appreciate your support. Please spread the word. Your two hours could make all the difference.
Between 5th and 19th October 2017, all over Europe, actions are taking place to make a stand against racism within football from grassroots clubs like ours to national league clubs in Ireland and other countries and also at international games and Champions League matches.
Newport Town AFC is among over 100 clubs, group, organisations – including schools, football clubs and community organisations – from throughout Ireland who are taking part in FARE Week 2017. The week is an initiative of the FARE network supported by UEFA across Europe and is supported in Ireland by FAIreland. The initiative runs from 5th to 19th October, and will see thousands of events taking place across Europe to highlight anti-racism messages and celebrate diversity.
On Saturday, October 7, in Derryleigh Park, players from Newport Town AFC and visiting teams (Ballymackey, Aisling Annacotty, Regional Utd & Geraldines AFC) lined up in Champions League style before the games and shook hands with players from the opposing team. As they passed, they exchanged wristbands from Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC). Before the matches, both teams also lined up for group photos with players holding up ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ cards. In our club, there is absolutely no place for racism or discrimination and the UEFA Respect banner flying on our flagpole reflects this.
In advance of the FARE event in Derryleigh Park, Micheal Lenihan, Club Chairman said: “football can be powerful in uniting people and breaking down barriers. Now that Ireland is a multicultural society, we need to encourage children and adults to grow their understanding of the many new communities now represented amongst our neighbours, schools and workmates.”
According to Micheal, “FARE Week is a great opportunity to use the power of football to bring people together, make a stand against discrimination and promote respect for diversity in football and in society. The events that are taking place during FARE Week serve not only to promote the anti-racism message, but also promote integration”.
Well done and thank you to our 20 volunteer coaches, assistants and parents who completed the FAI Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Workshop in Derryleigh Park this evening. Special thanks to James Scott, the FAI’s North Tipp Regional Development Officer, for taking time out of his busy schedule to present the workshop. All attendees found his presentation very informative and beneficial. We hope to run another workshop in the not too distant future to cater for our other volunteers who could not make this evening. Without our volunteers we would have no club.
Fitting and ordering of official O’Neills club gear for Christmas Orders will continue over the weekend and next week. We will also have available any outstanding gear from the last orders available for collection if you have not already received same. Don’t miss out.
The updated schedule is now as follows;
• Thursday, Sept 28 – 7-9pm
• Friday, Sept 29 – 6.30-8.30pm
• Saturday, Sept 30 – 10-11.30am
• Tuesday to Thursday, October 3-5, 7-9pm
Please note that training for U8 players on Friday nights (7-8pm) is ONLY for players born in 2010. There are currently much younger players turning up and they are just too young for this session and there is not enough space on the astro-turf for the number of players. Training sessions for the Newport Nippers U7s (players born in 2011 & 2012) will commence on Saturday, September 30 from 9.30-10.30am.
We would ask at least one parent/guardian of each child to remain on-site in Derryleigh Park at all times during the training session. The Derryleigh Dugout will be open at the side of the clubhouse for hot drinks and refreshments, while the future soccer stars do their thing. If you are willing to lend a hand during the training session, please make yourself known to the coaches as all help is greatly appreciated. Club registration forms will also be available on Saturday morning to be completed by parents/guardians. The Nippers membership fee is €40. We look forward to welcoming new players to the ever-growing NTAFC family.
The sixth and last of our monthly Super Draws took place on Sunday, August 27 in Derryleigh Park. The response from our community to our fundraiser was simply phenomenal and has made a massive contribution to the development of our new clubhouse. We still have a long way to go in paying for the clubhouse but this was a great start. The winners were as follows:
Nicole Fallon – New York Holiday
Martin Turner – €1,500
Tom Guilfoyle – Lanzarote Holiday
Roger Dawson & Marie O’Connell – Majorca Holiday
John Ryan – Ashford Castle Luxury Break
Anthony Seymour – €2,500
Congratulations to you all.