Full Size Astro Soccer Pitch On The Cards For Gorey

A facility like this would be incredible for Gorey…

Football club Gorey Rangers and Gorey Youth Needs Group, in conjunction with Trinity Homes, have submitted an application to the Wexford County Council for a new state-of-the-art facility at its site on the Carnew Road.

A statement released on Gorey Rangers’ social media pages outlined:

“The new facility will be built by Trinity Homes and ultimately be managed by Gorey Youth Needs Group and Gorey Rangers Schoolboys & Schoolgirls. It will be open to the entire community, but with a specific focus on young people.

Trinity Homes is also planning to further develop the neighbouring site where it is building so that there will be a total of 83 high end homes located in the development.

Alongside the astroturf pitch, there will be a drop off area for cars that will also benefit local schools during the day.

There will still be fundraising required to complete the works but Trinity Homes are making the site available for free.”

Stephen Mahon, Managing Director of Trinity Homes, said,

“We want to give something to the community in Gorey and for a rapidly growing area, it is vital that there are quality sports and recreational facilities. This site is an ideal location given that it is within minutes’ walk of local schools, and that if planning permission is secured, that we will be working with Gorey Youth Needs and Gorey Rangers to make this dream a reality.”

Mandi Tighe of Gorey Youth Needs Group said,

“This is a generous gesture by Trinity Homes and while there is work to be done on the project yet, this new facility will really benefit young people in North Wexford and beyond.”

James Levingstone of Gorey Rangers Schoolboys/girls pointed out,

“We currently have over 300 schoolboys and schoolgirls playing with our club and numbers are only growing. For us to have this facility to train and nurture young talent will be a dream come true. There are no similar full length Astro turf pitches anywhere in the region – it will be incredible when we get it over the line.”

Senator Malcolm Byrne, who helped facilitate the project, added,

“This will be another transformative piece in Gorey’s community infrastructure and really welcome good news at this difficult time. The proximity to Creagh College and three primary schools will also be of enormous benefit to their students.”

“The AstroTurf will be over 90 meters in length and close to 60 metres width, with the flexibility to be divided into three smaller pitches for 5-a-side use. It will be fully lit and netted with clubhouse facilities for home and away changing facilities, a clubhouse, canteen & cafe with outdoor seating area. The clubhouse will be modern design and eco friendly in keeping with the houses which are the most heat efficient new homes in Wexford.”

Like everything, the Coronavirus has impacted this project as delays with the application were encountered:

“Due to the Covid19 crisis, there are currently delays on the processing of planning applications in Wexford and nationally, but it is hoped that once restrictions are lifted, that Wexford County Council will be in a position to consider the application.”

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