Our New appeal.
We want your financial support to deliver a new sports/activity program beginning 25th July and finishing on 31st July, which will enable families to attend at a reduced price during these troubling times. SportNI Project Re-Boot have also offered up to £5,000 to help our sport Build Back Better!
Our first crowdfunding project was very successful. We were able to support all our youth teams back onto the pitch and get started hurling again.
This time is different and we want to offer our community the opportunity to learn new sports over the week.
Many of these sports we have not offered before!
We want to include a wide range of activities in the hope we might attract new or old members back into the club and sport and continue to recover from the Covid Pandemic. The sporting event will include rounders, Lá na gClubanna - Family Sports day, Wheelchair hurling, Hurling, Camogie, The ABC/Have-a-Ball Nursery Programmes and many other activities.
The pandemic started in the middle of several major investment in our club grounds the financial impact of COVID 19 has been somewhat magnified. The cost of living crisis has also hampered any attempt for creative fundraising ideas.
The focus of this appeal is our youth and families.
The effects of Covid-19 and lockdowns have been detrimental to everyone but, in particular to children. Children's mental, emotional and physical health have been seriously affected, due to lockdowns, lack of physical activity and time socialising with friends.
They have lost nearly 2 years of their sporting lives and their wellbeing, social inclusion, exercise, ball skills and of course, fun and enjoyment have been somewhat curtailed. As we try to live with Covid we are still seeing it affect our membership.
We are a GAA club formed in 1966 and based in Dungiven which actively encourages all its members and the local community to participate in sporting or social activities associated with the club.
The club is an inclusive club which endeavours to provide sport, physical activity and additional activities to all members of the community. Further to providing GAA activities for 267 playing members, the club provides the following activities for non-playing members of the community:
- Community classes (Irish Language, Fitness, etc…)
- Scór cultural activities (singing, Irish Dancing)
- Summer schemes & Easter schemes
- Seasonal parties/Fundraisers (Halloween, Christmas etc.)
- Provision of training facilities (first aid, defibrillator etc.)
In our 55 years we have never seen a period like this and we have been hit hard by COVID, with a wider drop in membership, volunteers, and income.
Kevin Lynch Park was purchased and development started in September 2004 with an official opening on the last Sunday in July 2006. From the purchase until now we have spent in the region of £1.8m and now provide playing pitches and a community hub which includes an indoor sports area, gym and walking path for all our community. That latest phase in these developments, the community walking path was delivered during the pandemic. This was a very welcome addition to Kevin Lynch Park but it has taken its toll financially with a 350K investment at a time when fundraising was very limited due to restrictions.
In the past few months our club has been very successful on and off the field. Our U15 youth team have qualified for the All-Ireland Féile na nGael competition which is hosted in County Meath this year. This will be the first time the club has travelled for a Féile na nGael in 10 years! We have also been successful in purchasing land adjacent to Kevin Lynch Park which the club plans to develop into new training facilities. This had been a long term goal of the club which very nearly collapsed due to covid and restrictions on clubs! Although these are exciting developments they have had a major financial burden on club funds which were already depleted.
What we will deliver using your investment.
As an inclusive club we invite all the youth in our catchment area to get involved in our national games. We need to make sure each child gets what they need based on their abilities, with a major focus on fun and building relationships which team sports can bring.
Our vision through Crowdfunding is to deliver camps in the summer to hundreds of children, providing each child with an opportunity to attend at a reduced price. We want to use these camps to deliver new and additional initiatives to get children active and return to sport. Match funding from Sport NI will help to reduce costs for children attending these camps and overcome the participation issues and financial challenges that Covid19 brought to the club and families.
We aim to provide a number of new activities during our summer program which will target groups that have been affected by covid and grow membership of the club attracting new and existing members back to sport as we live with Covid-19.
The money raised will be spent responsibility and will allow us to deliver the following:
- Youth coaches trained in accordance with best practice advice approved by the GAA Medical, Scientific and Welfare and Games Development Committees.
- Train and support coaches to adapt to the new requirements for additional programs not normally delivered by the club.
- Attract new volunteers and members to build resilience and move forward while living with Covid.
- Provide our youth with appropriate support, facilities and resources.
- Cover increased costs for equipment needed to provide new sports/activities.
- Cover the cost of facility hire for the events, pitch preparation for the events and any overheads to deliver the new programs.
- Allow our young players to develop alongside their teammates and peers through sport, and promote their mental and physical health as well as the social benefits of the sport.
- Deliver an inclusive programme that leaves no child behind no matter what their physical mental or emotional capabilities may be.
- Provide children from all backgrounds the chance to attend one of our camps at an affordable price.
- Supply all children with a unique playing jersey that will give them a new sense of pride and belonging to the community they live in and renew/develop relationships with their peers.
- Support minor development cost to allow Kevin Lynch Park available to host activities in an inclusive way.
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