Thank you, for your ongoing support

 Claremont Stadium Thanks Community for On-going Support

 

The Staff and Management of Claremont Stadium wish to thank the Community for their support over the last few difficult months and particularly in recent weeks.

Earlier this year a Receiver was appointed over the lands of Claremont Stadium Club and from 25th July the Stadium has been for sale on the open market.

Claremont Stadium continues to operate as normal and the Board of Management is working hard behind the scenes to secure the future of the facility for the many groups and clubs that use the Stadium.

“We are in negotiation with the Receiver. The management company has made an attractive offer and we are optimistic that we can work towards a positive outcome” says Chairperson, Ann Lister.

Nearly 40 years servicing the Community in sports, education, and social activities, the Stadium has established itself as a valuable asset to the people of Navan and surrounding communities.

The Stadium is the home training grounds for Navan Athletic Club and Parkvilla Football Club that have a combined membership of over 1,200, of which 800 are children. Many other clubs, such as Navan Special Olympics, Navan Badminton, Mens SHED, Special Hands and Navan Girls Guides, use these vital facilities and have done so for years. Organisations such as Meath Local Sports Partnership, Meath Athletics, Cultur and Meath Partnership use the facility also for programmes and events throughout the year.

Offices in the Stadium are rented to two Community Employment Schemes that support those long-term unemployed to get back into the workforce and a local training initiative, Navan Career Start, runs courses for early school-leavers to up-skill and retrain.

“We make these facilities affordable for clubs and organisations that have no alternatives in Town”, says Stadium Manager, Marjan Boers, “and support them in their development, where we can”.

Claremont Stadium is in receipt of funding from Pobal towards staff costs under the Community Services Programme. It currently employs seven people and sponsors five Community Employment Places. “The facility is dependent on support from Pobal and CE and could not provide the services and programmes without it”, says Board Secretary, Bob Cumbers.

In recent years the Stadium received funding from an ESB Fund to develop the Lounge area into a multi-purpose training facility and this has attracted many new groups and activities. Currently, the focus is on renovating and expanding a training room, upgrading the dressing rooms and creating wheelchair access, through funding received from the Dormant Accounts Fund administered by Pobal. Funds will be made available after the present situation is resolved.

The Board of Management is committed to securing the future of the Stadium for all and welcomes the continued support of the Community. You can help by signing and sharing the petition (Save Our Stadium), talking to your local politicians, backing the present Board of Management in their negotiations and asking Meath County Council, from whom the lands are leased, not to consent to a sale to a third party.

We thank you for your on-going support!