Having celebrated their centenary last year, Westport United are now planning for the next 100 years with ambitious plans to develop new football facilities on the grounds of Westport House.
The grand plans for the current Connacht Cup Champions which will change ‘the sporting landscape of Westport forever’ are to be unveiled to the public at a club celebratory evening in the Castlecourt Hotel this Friday evening. The development on a 13 acre site which was bought from the Westport House estate includes three football pitches, a club house - with six dressing rooms, storage area and meeting room - a viewing stand and a car-park catering for 110 vehicles.
Westport United currently play their home games at the Sports Park and many of their teams have to train at different locations around the town. Kevin Cusack, who is on the club’s development board told The Mayo News that the new development will ensure the club has a home of its own and is able to thrive into the future.
“While the club has been very successful and progressive on the field but off the field we have lagged behind on the facilities side. There is a great number of people playing soccer but we have not been able to cater for the volume of numbers at the moment. With this development we will finally have a place to call our own and that will be important for the future success of the club,” he said.
Supporters of all ages of the club have been invited to the official unveiling of what has been described as the ‘finest sports facility ever planned for Westport’. The unveiling will include a DVD presentation and an address by the architects on how the facilities will be developed.
“The evening will be an opportunity to show people what we are planning for the future with regard our development and get feedback from anyone interested in the future of the club. The idea is to get more people to see what we have planned and all the details will be clarified. We have a fundraising project on at the moment and anyone who would like to contribute can do so,” explained Kevin.
The club has applied for government funding from the sports capital programme and expect to know if they are successful in October. It is intended to develop the facilities on a phased basis and if they can raise the necessary funds there are expectations of work beginning next February and football being played within two years of that.
The night will also be a celebration of Westport United with players from the 1950s right up to the current squad available to field questions on what makes the club so special. There will also be old club memorabilia on show and raffle followed by a 70s, 80s and 90s disco.
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