All Saints GAC launch new fund-raising initiative

Pictured at the launch of the 'Club All Saints' initiative are (L-R): Sean McVeigh, All Saints & Antrim senior footballer; Ryan McGarry, All Saints U14 All Ireland F�ile winning captain; and Emmet Killough, All Saints & Antrim senior footballer.
Pictured at the launch of the 'Club All Saints' initiative are (L-R): Sean McVeigh, All Saints & Antrim senior footballer; Ryan McGarry, All Saints U14 All Ireland F�ile winning captain; and Emmet Killough, All Saints & Antrim senior footballer.

‘Club All Saints’, the new fundraising initiative for All Saints GAC Ballymena, was launched last week at the club’s Slemish Park clubrooms.

The initiative was established to financially support ambitious new capital development plans, in order to maintain, develop and promote gaelic games and culture throughout the community of Ballymena.

Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the formation of All Saints GAC, and in that time the club has came a long way from the rented field at Hugmount where overhead electricity wires would regularly interrupt or influence the outcome of games, to the superb Three full size pitches and adjoining pavilion at the Woodside Road grounds.

The last major development for the club saw the opening of a new full size sand carpet based pitch ‘Quinn Park’ in 2011, and the club is anxious to further develop their facilities in order to provide for a growing membership of more than 350, of which over 200 are juvenile players involved in one or more of the club’s 15 football, hurling & camogie teams.

Top of the wish list is currently the provision of match standard floodlighting on the Quinn Park playing field.

The ‘Club All Saints’ initiative is an integral feature of the club’s overall development strategy, which has seen a key emphasis placed on the juvenile section of the club in recent years. This has already reaped huge dividends, most notably with the historic All Ireland Football Féile Division 2 success earlier this year.

The initiative is open to everyone interested in supporting and securing the future of gaelic games in Ballymena, members and non-members, both at home and abroad.

For more information view www.allsaintsgac.com/cluballsaints or contact club secretary Martin Campbell on 07710 803535.