“A Day to Prosper’ – Balbriggan FC host the latest Prosper Fingal adult football festival

by Rose Barrett
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Rose Barrett

Balbriggan Football Club delivered in hosting the second Prosper Fingal blitz event earlier this month, with teams from Prosper Skerries, Prosper Swords, Prosper Balbriggan and a combined Prosper team from Howth represented by League of Ireland Club, Shelbourne.

The event ran seamlessly and is part of a Fingal County Council/FAI ‘Football For All’ plan for the area. Each centre now has links to their local grassroots club -Skerries Town FC, Swords Celtic FC, Balbriggan FC and Rush Athletic FC whose prosper centre was a late casualty to Covid.

Prosper Fingal Blitz Day

The main organisers Anne Murray and John Gallagher, both active volunteer inclusion officers working in conjunction with FAI/FCC development officers Paul Keogh, Jamie Wilson and Sharon Boyle, were the drivers of the initiative with great support from the local clubs and prosper key workers.

Ms Murray said it was wonderful to see “the dedication of the players, keyworkers and clubs shine through. It’s hard to believe that only eight months ago, we stepped onto the pitch at Rush Athletic FC to start our first Prosper Team.”

“Here we are now with teams in Swords, Skerries, Shelbourne FC, and Balbriggan who hosted the event. A special thank you to John Gallagher from Rush Athletic FC who has been helping coach all the teams since May last year with endless energy and passion. We are lucky to have him on board!”

Prosper Fingal Blitz Day

Ms Murray stated the atmosphere was electric and “made players feel like they were playing in a Cup Final.” She further thanked all who supported and helped with coaching, noting “It was great to have Brian McManus first team player with Shelbourne FC presenting the trophies sponsored by Lee Brothers.”

Key workers Saoirse and Lisa of Prosper Fingal added: “Thank you to Balbriggan for being fantastic hosts. We were delighted to see all teams down enjoying themselves, and the hard work from all teams was evident.

“As mentors, we were delighted how well the team came together and was great to bring back some silverware. Thank you to Anne for not only organising the event but also for being the driving force behind all team’s development. Thank you to Frank Kilbride, Chairman of Swords Celtic, for the sponsorship and for arranging new jumpers for all the players. We will take a lot of pride in wearing them”

Prosper Fingal Blitz Day

Michael O’Regan, secretary Balbriggan FC, whose club hosted the event commented “We were delighted to sponsor and host the Prosper Fingal football blitz on Bremore all-weather facility. The all-weather company were happy to provide the facility free of charge, as they do each Tuesday for the Prosper Balbriggan team, who looked great in their new playing kit.”

Finally, Paul Keogh FAI/FCC development officer added

“It was a fantastic day and a culmination of several months’ work with all the players. The support from everyone made the event and the games were played in a great spirit.

Prosper Fingal Blitz Day

Congratulations to Prosper Swords/Swords Celtic on winning the event. But the  smiles on all the players’ faces showed they were all winners! The FAI and Fingal County Council sports department recognize the need for such support and the key going forward is partnerships to ensure there is a sustainable element to what we are trying to deliver. It was also great to see former Minister of State for Disability, Finian McGrath out supporting the event”

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