YMCA Hockey Club and Wesley College have secured a €150,000 Sport Capital Grant to resurface an artificial hockey pitch at Wesley College, Ballinteer, that’s currently unsuitable for competitive hockey. The project has a total cost of €252,000.
The resurfaced pitch will allow a significant increase in the numbers playing hockey in the area, both girls/ladies and boys/men. The new facility will see over 350 new active participants from YMCA Hockey Club and local National Schools. This will be a wonderful community facility.
YMCA Hockey Club currently has 330 playing members with girls’, boys’, ladies’ and men’s teams competing in Leinster leagues. Wesley College has 420 students playing hockey with 18 girls’ and 11 boys’ teams competing in Leinster competitions. The resurfacing of the main hockey pitch at the College will facilitate a growth in numbers playing at both the Club and the School and enable local National Schools develop their Hockey programmes.
YMCA Hockey Club and Wesley College would like to pay particular thanks to the Minister for Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan T.D whose support during the application and appeals process was of great assistance in addition the support of the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross T.D whose department has now awarded the grant.
Wesley College, Dublin
President YMCA Hockey Club