ARMAGH LGFA have made history by becoming the first county to have a designated ladies football training facility, we have secured the lease for McKeever Park in Killean with £200,000 to be pumped into the facility to make it the home of ladies football in the Orchard county from u-13 right up to senior. As part of the plans, the existing pitch will be completely replaced with changing rooms and a new drainage system also included in the plans. We would love to have the backing of all Gaels in Armagh to help us achieve the targets we have set on building the future for ladies football in our county. Please donate what you can, no matter what the donation is it will be greatly appreciated.
Current Armagh captain Caoimhe Morgan said that the difference in terms of preparation would be huge for the senior team, and those players coming behind them.
“This historic milestone in Armagh ladies football will prove invaluable to the progression of all our ladies teams,” she said.
“Having had the honour to play for Armagh for a number of years I, along with my teammates, experience the uncertainty of training venues and the lack of appropriate facilities.
“I believe that this base for all of Armagh ladies will ensure we grow and progress our teams. It must not go unmentioned the tireless work that Sinead Reel and Barry McGurgan have put into securing this wonderful opportunity.”
Those sentiments were echoed by joint-managers Fionnuala McAtamney and Lorraine McCaffrey.
“It is a very exciting and ground-breaking development for ladies football in Armagh,” the said in a statement.
“This remarkable vision of the county board means Armagh has the first female dedicated GAA facility in the country. It also, however and more importantly, means that the female footballers of our county are finally on the move towards having proper access to facilities – access that will respectfully reflect the dedication, commitment and sacrifice that these young women make to represent their county and clubs.
“It is a vital development for the female county teams who are plagued year in year out with having no access to training and playing venues.
“Having our own facility also means that ancillary services such as physio, strength and conditioning, nutrition can all be properly delivered. “All and all it is a very welcome development that is a long time coming. It will serve as inspiration to the young girls aspiring to play for their county and for those already with the privilege of playing for their county it will be nothing short of what their commitment and sacrifice deserves.”