By Rose Barrett
In conjunction with the FAI and Fingal County Council, Tyrrelstown Football Club is ready to relaunch the once successful juvenile soccer club.
Locals who are passionate about their community are encouraged to express their interest and support the new venture, be it in an administrative capacity, or to help with the underage coaching.
“There’s great heart here in Tyrrelstown,” said Garry Barcoe. “My wife Susanne and I moved here 15 years here and we all love it here.”
Garry who is a father of three went down to register his son with the underage team when the family first moved to Tyrrelstown.
Before the end of the year, he had joined the committee and later coached juveniles to success before going onto train the senior teams.
“We won the DDSL U9 title. I went on to coach the seniors in the AUL Div2 and 2A in the Saturday and Sunday leagues and further served on various committee roles, as fundraising officer and club chair.”
“Owing to some anti-social behaviour and three fire attacks (the containers which stored the club equipment were burnt out), the club was forced to close.” said Garry.
“There are some great facilities here in Tyrrelstown including the GAA, cricket, basketball club but we need a soccer club again.
“We’re hoping that some of the youth who played underage with my son and before that might come back and give us a dig out.
“Some great friendships were made back then so please, we’d love to hear from you!
“We need people to serve on the committee e.g. as secretary or treasurer and of course, to help with coaching, both boys’ and girls’ teams.
“There’s great reward in working with youngsters, and you don’t have to have a love of soccer to help,” said Garry.
“I’d love to see a men’s senior team, a ladies and an over 35 team start up again!”
For now, volunteers are encourage simply to log onto and express their interest at https://forms.gle/fDdtFrmB9PefazdL7
Jamie Wilson Fingal/FAI Development Officer will be in contact with everyone who fills out the form online.
“Covid restrictions permitting, we hope to have meetings re summer camps in June and to set up summer camps for August and training,” added Garry. “It can take up to six weeks for garda vetting.
“But please volunteers do come forward, just fill in the expression of interest – if we get enough volunteers, we could work out a shared rota.”
Mayor of Fingal, Cllr David Healy said: “Sports clubs of all types are a fantastic way of bringing communities together, improving health and physical fitness, and making areas connected. Reforming Tyrrelstown Football Club is a hugely positive goal and I look forward to its success.”