Knocklyon Utd FC are set to loose their playing grounds which host up to 450 child players, as County Council launches plans to turn the playing grounds into houses.
Club Chairman, Donal Skelly, stated “To lose the pitches at Ballycullen Park will have a devastating impact on Knocklyon Utd FC and the greater community at large”.
Knocklyon Utd FC have released a statement on the potential loss of their home. Read the statement below:
Knocklyon Utd FC is a progressive community based club that is committed to providing the best possible facilities for the use of our players, parents and the local community. Over thirty years ago we started with a single team, we now cater for nearly 600 players of all ages. Our mission to this day is to provide football for all ages, girls and boys regardless of ability. A team of 100 dedicated volunteers selflessly run the club to the highest standards.
The club is currently experiencing rapid growth due to the explosion of housing developments within the local area (in excess of 4000 approved homes either under construction or awaiting development) and needs to increase the facilities we already have to meet the growing demand. We are currently growing at a rate of 20% per annum which means that within 4 years we could potentially be meeting the sporting needs of 1000 girls and boys of all ages.
To lose the pitches at Ballycullen Park will have a devastating impact on Knocklyon Utd FC and the greater community at large. Currently every week 450 children between the ages of 7 years and 12 years of age use the pitches at Ballycullen. Every week hundreds of children from all over Dublin and the surrounding counties travel to Ballycullen Park to enjoy partaking in sport regardless of their ability. Removal of the pitches will result in the immediate lack of facilities for 450 of our youngest players and their opponents who travel to play them week in week out due to no available alternative site in the area.
Ballycullen Park is situated in the heart of the parish of Knocklyon, it can be safely accessed by a network of paths and pedestrian crossings from all directions. The recently constructed club house funded jointly by Knocklyon Utd and a Capital Sports Grant had ample safe off street parking. Ballycullen Park is fully enclosed with only 2 points of access making it extremely safe for younger children.
We the people of Knocklyon Utd FC are totally opposed to any development at Ballycullen Park that removes, reduces or impacts negatively on this precious vibrant local amenity.
On Behalf of Knocklyon Utd FC