Thank you to everyone who has joined our Cairde Tempo scheme, which is allowing the club to move ahead with a significant amount of works around our grounds over the summer months. It is an exciting time for development within the club and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who volunteers their time and money to help improve our club. We now have 96 members to our fundraising scheme. If you can help our club grow by joining this scheme, please get in touch.
The club has applied for a £100,000 loan from the GAA to allow us to carry out the next phase of works. Decisions are expected to be taken in the coming days and notification sent out to applicant clubs. If we are successful, the £915 monthly repayments will be paid back through income from the Cairde Tempo scheme.
We have been successful in securing a £5,000 grant from Sport NI, which was paid into our bank account this week. Thank you to everyone who helped secure this through donations through the Crowdfunder website.
Family Fun Day
A very successful Family Fun Day was held last weekend and we send a massive thanks to the small group of people who organised the fun day that took place over the weekend. They put in a serious effort in making everything happen and a great day was had by all. These events take a lot of work but generate a lot of positives for the club and the local community. Thanks to all those who donated/sponsored the event including Fermanagh & Omagh District Council who are giving us £500.
Work to Back Lane and Car Park
As some of you will be aware, work has begun to further widen the back lane and improve the access arrangements to the gym and our grounds via the back lane.The intention of this is to encourage people to use the new car park and avoid parking on Edenmore Lane. The work to the car park between the two pitches has progressed very well with an extended car park and improved formal linkage between the car park and the changing room/top pitch. Repairs were also made to potholes and defects on the entrance to the training pitch. Work will progress now on the erection of boundary fencing up the back lane to protect our grounds.
The necessary equipment has been ordered to finish the new gym and production has commenced. This should be completed in the next 2-3 weeks. Building Control is almost sorted for the gym and we will then be able to draw down a grant of £20,000 for it. We also need to progress toilet/washroom facilities for which provision has been made. We are looking for people interested in helping to manage the gym to come forward. Tasks required will be taking inductions, circuit training and checking/cleaning equipment. If you have an interest in this area, please let me know.
The floodlights for the training pitch are on their way and should be here before the end of this month. We are currently getting quotes from electrical contractors to install the floodlights and hope to have them in place by the end of August at the very latest.
The club has recently been successful in accreditation for Club Maith with bronze award on 18th May, Silver on 23rd May and Gold on 9th June. We have a few more pieces of work to do but hopefully we can secure Platinum status over the coming months as a demonstration of the levels of good governance that exist within our club. Club Maith is a Club accreditation scheme which is unique to the GAA. It allows Clubs to be benchmarked against best practice standards across the full range of GAA Club activity. A Club Maith award makes a clear, proven statement about the quality of a Club, right across the board. Thanks all those who helped contribute to the collation of documentation and the implementation of a range of policies and standards to allow us to receive these awards. There will be a formal presentation of the awards later in 2022.
New Club Website
Our new website is being very well used by people to keep up to date with what is happening in the club and in particular the latest fixtures, results and league tables. You can visit the new site at www.tempomaguires.gaa.ie
Well done to the U16 girls team who emerged victorious from their recent league final against Newtownbutler in a very close game. The girls took home the silverware after extra time, winning on a scoreline of 7-11 to 7-09.
Our U15 boys are coming to the end of their season. They lost out in three finals this year to a strong Coa team. Well done to the boys and their coaches for the massive effort they put in this year. That group are playing a friendly this evening against Clogher and will take part in the Brian Óg tournament next weekend in Lisnaskea.
Tempo Óg will conclude for the summer this weekend. There has been a massive effort by a large number of coaches and volunteers at our weekly sessions and their commitment is a wonderful addition to our club and the development of the young people of the club.
Over the next short while, coach the coaches sessions will be held within the club and information on that will be shared.
Cúl Camp takes place at the end of July and all available places were quickly booked up. Help will be needed during that week so if anyone is available to lend a hand, please get in touch. The sponsors of Cúl Camp are Kelloggs and they are running a competition whereby people can enter a code from promotional packs of cereal on the Cúl Camp website to win prizes for their club (€25,000, €10,000 and €5,000). In the north, we can avail of a no purchase necessary entry route. Anyone can request up to five free codes to enter the draw by filling in the form at https://www.kelloggs.ie/en_IE/contact-us.html and selecting Promotions from the drop-down menu, and then choosing Cul Camps 2022 and where to find the code from the drop down that appears. A code will then be emailed to you, which can be entered at https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/competition. Each person can request and use up to five codes per month so every entry will increase our chance of winning one of those substantial prizes.
There is a small window of dry weather forecast for next week and we intend to use that to hold a couple of evenings to ask members to come in and do some tidying, strimming and weeding as there has been considerable growth in recent weeks and it is getting out of control. If you can help with strimming or spraying weeds any evening next week, please get in touch.
Provision of Playpark and MUGA
Discussions with Fermanagh & Omagh District Council are continuing about these facilities in the village and our willingness to provide a space for them. Council officers have carried out a public consultation which was attended by club members to make the case for relocation of the playpark. Council officers have been tasked by the senior management team to consider measures to prevent flooding at the existing site before looking at relocation. Engagement is therefore to take place with Rivers Agency with regards to the flood risk. We have a call with a council officer next week about this.
Use of Facilities
Both primary schools and the playgroup all made use of our facilities in the last month for their annual sports day, which was greatly appreciated. We are delighted to host the young people of the parish on our grounds.
Fergal McCann has retired from his post as Principal of St Mary’s Primary School. During Fergal’s time, our club has had a very positive relationship with him and with the school community. There has been an open door for us to provide coaching and we look forward to continuing this in the time ahead. We wish Fergal well in his retirement and thank him for all his work in developing the young people of the parish.