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A Day to Prosper as Balbriggan FC host the latest Prosper Fingal adult football festival

Balbriggan Football club delivered in hosting the second Prosper Fingal blitz event on Tuesday March 15th with teams from Prosper Skerries, Prosper Swords, Prosper Balbriggan and a combined Prosper team from Howth represented by league of Ireland club Shelbourne. The event ran seamlessly and is part of a Fingal County Council/FAI Football For All plan for the area. Each centre now has links to their local grassroots club Skerries Town FC, Swords Celtic FC, Balbriggan FC and Rush Athletic FC whose prosper centre were a late casualty because of Covid. The main organisers Anne Murray and John Gallagher, both active volunteer inclusion officers working in conjuncton with FAI/FCC development officers Paul Keogh, Jamie Wilson and Sharon Boyle were the drivers of the initiative with great support from the local clubs and prosper key workers.

Commenting on the event Anne Murray added “Tuesday saw the dedication of the players, keyworkers and Clubs shine through. It’s hard to believe that only eight months ago we stepped onto the pitch at Rush Athletic FC to start our first Prosper Team. Here we are now with teams in Swords Celtic FC, Skerries Town FC, Shelbourne FC, and Balbriggan FC who hosted the event. A special thank you to John Gallagher from Rush Athletic FC who has been helping coach all the teams since May last year with endless energy and passion. We are lucky to have him on board. The atmosphere that was created from the time the players stepped on the pitch made them feel like they were playing in a Cup Final. Thank you to all that supported us today, Paul Keogh FAI, Jamie Wilson FAI, Shelbourne FC Business/ Coaching Diploma coaches and it was great to have Brian McManus first team player with Shelbourne FC presenting the trophies sponsored by Lee Brothers.”

Key workers Saoirse and Lisa of Prosper Fingal added “Thank you to Balbriggan for being fantastic hosts. We were delighted to see all teams down enjoying themselves. The hard work for all teams was evident. As a mentor I was delighted how well the team came together and was great to bring back some silverware. Thank you to Anne for not only organising the event but also for being the driving force behind all team’s development. Thank you to Frank Kilbride, Chairman of Swords Celtic, for the sponsorship and for arranging fabulous new jumpers for all the players. We will take a lot of pride in wearing them”

Michael O’Regan, secretary Balbriggan FC, whose club hosted the event commented “We were delighted to be able to sponsor and host the Prosper Fingal football blitz on Bremore all-weather facility. The all-weather company were happy to provide the facility free of charge, as they do each Tuesday for the Prosper Balbriggan team, who looked great in their new Balbriggan playing kit. It was great to see everybody enjoying themselves and playing the game in the spirit it was meant to be played”

Finally, Paul Keogh FAI/FCC development officer added “It was a fantastic day and a culmination of several months’ work with all the players. The support from everyone made the event and the games were played in a great spirit. Congratulations to Prosper Swords/Swords Celtic for winning the event but the true winners were the smiles on all the players. The FAI and Fingal County Council sports department recognize the need for such support and the key going forward is partnerships to ensure there is a sustainable element to what we are trying to deliver. It was also great to see former Minister of State for Disability Finian McGrath out supporting the event”

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