Bandon AC's Phil Healy summed it up well recently after her fantastic 4th place in the 400m final at the European Indoor Championships,
"Explore so many events, because you never know which is the best for you. Don't be afraid, and the main thing is have fun. If you know you've done your best then you can be delighted with your performance. It is not all about winning...If you give it your all, and walk off the track happy, then you're winning for you. You're never too old. Just enjoy it, make new friends and most of all have fun. "
Bandon Athletic Club are extremely excited and proud to announce that it has recently concluded the purchase of an 8 acre site at Clancoolbeg just outside Bandon. Full planning permission has been granted for the development of a 400m all-weather track, field event area's and an indoor training facility. This is a huge step forward for the club and massive vote of confidence by the club in the talent within Bandon and the wider West Cork athletics community.
Work will commence shortly with the expectations that the all-weather track will be installed in 2022. The track development phase is expected to cost over €500K so we urgently need your support to help us raise €100K to enable work to commence on the track foundations.
This development unlike majority of other all-weather tracks in this country will be owned and controlled by the club. Bandon AC for the last numbers of years has been one of the largest Juvenile clubs affiliated to Athletics Ireland, but due to lack of access to our own facilities have had a waiting list. Once this development is complete, we expect to eradicate waiting lists. This facility will enable athletes to focus on training and recovery and not on travelling time. Our club also caters for recreational sport, which is called Fit4Youth. This aspect of the club is vital to ensuring athletes have opportunities to partake in athletics in a friendly social environment and progress at their own pace while getting all the health benefits from athletics.
Bandon AC already has great working relationships with local schools and organisations such as Bandon Special Olympics and West Cork Athletics and is looking forward to working even more closely with these groups once the development is ready. This is a development which will greatly enhance the wider community and the athletics scene in West Cork.
It has been a long road to get to where the club is now, with a lot of time and commitment from a large number of club members, but special mention to one of the founding members Mr Billy Good who has played a large part in obtaining this site and the associated planning permissions along with a very dedicated Track Development sub-committee who put in a huge amount of work. Thanks to their dedication we are now ready to start this development!
This is truly an exciting time for the athletics fraternity in Bandon and West Cork and will benefit the wider local community.
But we need your help to raise the required funds to build this facility! All support is greatly appreciated! Please help us to Build Our Dream
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