Harps unite to turn the sod on new clubhouse

One of the country’s leading football clubs has turned the sod on its ambitious project to construct a new clubhouse. Ratoath Harps is pressing ahead with its plans to build a state of the art clubhouse on the grounds of the recently named CityJet Park facility.

At a sod turning ceremony, the Co Meath club also unveiled a full size all-weather pitch and announced a new sponsorship deal with CityJet. Present for the sod turning ceremony were Fran Gavin, FAI Director of Competitions, local councillors, sponsors and club members and their families. The new developments kicks off celebrations marking the anniversary of the founding of the club 50 years ago. The new clubhouse will be built in three phases with part one and two delivering a 360sqm footprint that will include offices, changing rooms, showers and large meeting areas.

Between players, coaches and volunteers, the club has over 500 members making up 27 teams, a successful academy programme and a football for all project. Ratoath Harps spokesman Michael Connolly said: “We believe the best way we can celebrate this milestone for the Harps is to deliver the dreams and ambitions of our founders 50 years ago by building a best in class clubhouse on these magnificent grounds.”

Present also were representatives of lead sponsor, CityJet. Robert Tatten, CityJet Director of Planning and Production, said: “This is a wonderful occasion for Ratoath Harps, a club steeped in the best traditions of community involvement and participation. CityJet is delighted to come on board as official partners to Ratoath Harps and are pleased to have the Harps ground named CityJet Park. Like Ratoath Harps, we place great emphasis on our core values of being the best we can yet not losing sight of our community of employees and our valued customers. “Clubs like Ratoath Harps are the lifeblood of the community, illustrating all that is best in those who over the years have given up their time to build local, vibrant communities that share the values that are so important in the Ireland of today. It is only fitting that 50 years after the club’s foundation this great development work is getting underway. We at CityJet are very proud to be so centrally involved.”

At the sod turning ceremony, junior players released 50 balloons to celebrate the club’s anniversary watched by a crowd in excess of 250 people. Works are due to commence mid-June 2018 with the completion of first phases expected in early 2019.

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