There was major positive news arising out of Waterford yesterday with the confirmation of plans by Waterford Ladies Gaelic Football Association to develop their own playing facilities in Dungarvan.
In so doing they will become only the second county to have access to their own pitch, following Armagh who are also in the development of a pitch at McKeever Park.
It will bring an end to a continual merry go round of having to secure pitches for training and matches across the county and will hopefully prompt others to follow suit if they are in a position to do so.
The cost of the development will be met by the proceeds from the sale of development land nearby, the owner of which has promised to split the proceeds of the sale once planning permission has been secured. The local Kilgobinet GAA cub will get 30 per cent of the profit from the sale with the remainder going to Waterford LGFA.
The name of the development is the Duckspool site and we just have to hope that does not suggest any low lying water issues which might complicate the development.
None are anticipated though with works hopefully starting in the summer of 2021 and completion in time for the Championship season of 2023.
The facility will include a floodlit full-size pitch with associated grandstand and changing room facilities, car and coach parking and a running track.
In all other counties, both Ladies Football and Camogie Boards have to negotiate for the use of pitches. Things are generally better at club level where the many clubs who adopt the One Club model make pitches and facilities available to club members regardless of affiliation to the GAA in the case of men’s and boys teams, or the Ladies Gaelic Football and Camogie Associations.
Croke Park has been the exclusive home for the All Ireland Senior Camogie Final since 1951 and to the All Ireland Ladies Football Final since 1986.
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