Corduff’s 10 years of growth in the Dub 15 community

by Karl Graham

CORDUFF FC is in the running to receive a major honour at a time when they are getting ready to celebrate the growth they have experienced over the last 10 years.
Next month signals the tenth anniversary since the club, who are one of five finalists for 98fm’s Dublin Sports Club of the Year, opened their new sports complex in the midst of Corduff Park.
“The 10 years have flown by,” Corduff PRO John McGuinness told GazetteSport. “The club was already improving and growing but the centre sort of worked as a catalyst for that. It has been great for the area too.
“If you think about it, we had six or seven teams in 2006/07. We now have 28 teams and over 500 players so that speaks for itself.”
Their success has seen their reputation spread throughout Blanchardstown for a number of reasons.
“We have become a club of the greater Blanchardstown area. We have members from the likes of Tyrrelstown, Mulhuddart and the Mountview locality. There are many clubs in Blanchardstown but we have become a much bigger beast since then – in a positive way.
“Like anything, if you are doing something well then people will want to be a part of it.
“If anybody turned around when that sport centre was completed and said in the next 10 years you are going to send three fellas off for contracts in England, going to win four Leinster titles in one month, become the first schoolboy club from Dublin 15 to get to an All-Ireland final, and get to the FAI Junior Cup semi-final as a third tier senior side, I would have laughed and said not a chance. But it’s amazing how things can transpire over time.”
Corduff have undoubtedly seen their success off the pitch transfer onto it with titles across several age groups, and this has helped them garner a lot of admirers. One such admirer is American giant eBay who have recently struck up a partnership with the club.
“They came onboard to sponsor our Under-10s and we are hoping that is something that can happen on an annual basis.
“You think of how many multi-nationals there are in Ireland and it is something we want to tap into.
“To sponsor a team doesn’t actually require them to hand over any money; it just means making sure the team has a kit to play in over the next three years.
“It is a very nominal fee to do it and I am hoping it will work as a catalyst for others to do the same,” McGuinness concluded.
If you would like to vote for Corduff in the Best of Dublin Awards, you can do so by visiting 98fm’s website.

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