How the Wheel can help your organisation

The Wheel is delighted to invite you to a special afternoon with Marjan Boers, The Wheel Regional Champion for Meath, Louth and Cavan, to learn more about how The Wheel can support you and your organisation.

The Wheel is a support and representative body connecting community and voluntary organisations and charities across Ireland.

The event will take place at the Claremont Stadium (Commons Road, Navan, Co. Meath, C15 TX9T) on Tuesday 7 March, from 4pm -6pm, (registration from 3.30pm).

This will be your opportunity to learn about The Wheel Regional Support Programme, the 2017 Training Calendar and publications, funding supports available and opportunities to manage costs, as well as other services and supports from The Wheel.

You can also look forward to networking, and renewing acquaintances, with other community and voluntary organisations in your region at this event.

Ivan Cooper, Director of Public Policy here at The Wheel, will be on hand to provide you with an overview of the ‘big issues’ facing the sector and will welcome your questions and queries on the following topics:

  • Commitments in the Programme for Government to support the sector and The Wheel’s strategy to progress them
  • Commissioning for Communities – our work to shape emerging commissioning practice with DPER, Tusla and the HSE
  • The new Charity Regulator’s priorities
  • Public trust and confidence in charities: where are we now – and what else needs to be done?

This will be an invaluable opportunity for you to share – with each other and The Wheel – the issues you face and the supports you need to do your work better.

If you’d like to attend, contact Marjan at or (046) 9029693.

We look forward to seeing you on the 7 March.

Let 2017 be the year that you succeed in climbing Croagh Patrick

Croagh Patrick is a well known challenge to everyone. This May, we are holding a fundraising day out. The date for your diary is 20th May. We propose to travel by bus to Croagh Patrick where we will climb the mountain, then on the way back to Navan, stop and have a meal before continuing our journey.

If you would like to join in the fun, please contact us by email;

or phone us at 046 9029693.

As I have already mentioned this is a fundraising event and we will ask you to find sponsorship. The minimum amount is €100 but in return we will pay for your seat on the bus and for a meal after the climb.


2017 Challenge

2017 Challenges

We are currently focused on the West of Ireland for our next fundraising venture.

How fit and active are you? Would you like to take part in a hike/walk/climb ? Our target is Croagh Patrick and we would like to hear from you if you are up to this challenge.

Contact: 046 9029693 to talk to us about this.


Walking Group – Getting Motivated

Claremont Stadium’s Walking Group had a highly motivated walker drop in on Thursday 20th January to check in on our progress. Lucy Dillon of MLSP and Operation Motivation brought a ray of sunshine to the track. She gave everyone in the group some inspiring tips for walking regarding a simple stretching exercise, then joined in for a fast paced mile walk. The group ended the session with a few more stretches and all agreed it was a fun filled hour. We are looking forward to our next few weeks of meet ups.

As Lucy pointed out there are many additional benefits to walking besides the obvious; fresh air and exercise. Walking has been proven to improve our sense of wellbeing, influence our mood and in our case  make new friends. As we age walking is an easily affordable past time for us to stick to and when we add in a friend or two to the mix it makes it more fun for all involved.

We will continue to walk every Thursday at 11am and we are not regimented with our structure. We walk at a pace to suit each individual, with the promise of a cup of tea at the end to push us along. 


2017 New Year – New You

Claremont Stadium is committed to providing sporting and educational events to those in Navan.

We realise that many people start 2017 with a “I will get fitter and healthier this year,” resolution but by the end of January this is lost in the mundane but busy routines that consume our time.  So, we are kicking of this year with a motivational walking group .

Our aim is to help people achieve their goal by providing, a sociable environment where you can walk, run or talk your way around the track at your own pace. You set the target and we help you achieve it.  The group of women and men who walked last year discovered that the group all had one aim in common – to lose weight or tone up and get fit. To this end, many discussions on diet etc were held.

At €2 per session our track is open to everyone regardless of age or fitness level.  For more information please call the office at: 046 9029693


Breakfast with Santa 2016


This Christmas Santa arrived in style to help us celebrate Christmas.

We have been told his reindeers are in training for the Christmas Day, so his sleigh will be pulled by a special trike.

He spent time with all of the children and their parents while they ate breakfast.Thank you to everyone who attended this event and to all of our volunteers. We would also like to thank Royal Masterpeace Navan who sponsored the event.

It was a busy morning as you can tell from the picture below our volunteers enjoyed it as much as the parents.


Successful Ice-cream party left us smiling

On Monday 27th June Claremont Stadium, staff, hosted an Ice Cream Party in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland.

We suspected it would be a hectic afternoon but what we didn’t know was how tired our faces would be from smiling and having fun with our small and taller supporters.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the children and parents who attended the event. IMG_0031IMG_0039[1]IMG_0052IMG_0054

The Importance of Sport for Women

The Importance of Sport for Women

This is an article published on – it provides a great insight into how success and participation in sport does affect success in business.

According to research by Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, approximately 70% of children in the U.S. are dropping out of organized sports before the age of 13. This is particularly alarming for women because studies have shown that girls who play sports are more likely to graduate from college, find a job, and be employed in male-dominated industries.

EY research shows that among senior business women in the C-suite today, 94% played sports and over half played at a university level — suggesting a strong correlation between their success in sports and their success in business. In fact, of the 400 women EY surveyed, 75% said that a candidate’s background in sports positively influenced their decision to hire them. These women put a particular premium on female athletes because they know — very personally — how participating in sports can impact work ethic. So to have young women drop out of sport at an early age is not only an alarming statistic, it is a wake-up call for parents. Their girls could prematurely be walking away from something that could have a bigger long-term effect.

These statistics have caused me to reflect on my own experience as a young athlete, and specifically the role my parents played. I was a four-sport athlete in high school. I played basketball, softball, tennis, and golf. My true passion was softball, but basketball was an intercollegiate sport. I eventually decided to pursue basketball in college at Purdue and leave the other three sports behind. But my parents never tried to make me pursue just one sport. I loved the variety. I only narrowed to one sport in college when, as a scholarship athlete, it was necessary.

My father empowered me to play. He and my mother showed up to every game. They truly cared. And I loved having them there. I can’t imagine a world where they weren’t there. But there was never an expectation. They just loved watching me play. And I loved them watching me. Often, my father and I would discuss my performance after games, but only if I wanted to. I would ask him questions, and he would answer. We discussed ways I could improve, and he would practice with me in our backyard. He knew I didn’t need to be told I had made a mistake, but rather understand how not to do it again. And he would help me with that.

There’s no doubt that it was my parents’ interest and support that encouraged me to continue playing sports throughout my childhood. Their interest was pure joy, not judgment or unfair criticism. They were all in because I was all in. When I was younger, organized sports was still novel for girls. When my friends quit playing, and dropped out to be “more like girls,” I kept going. And my parents went with me. I never wanted to stop, so I didn’t. And I know that the nonjudgmental, joyous support of my parents was a huge factor — not only in my success as an athlete, but also in my professional success today.

I’m not alone in accrediting my career success back to my experience as an athlete. Claire Shipman, television journalist and co-author of The Confidence Code speaks of how “Something happens when girls play sports — they embody the experience of not just of winning, but the critical experience of losing. It’s that process of carrying on and clearing hurdles that really builds confidence. It’s an incredibly useful proving ground for business and leadership.”

That “something” happened to me when I played the sports I chose. And it was the constant support I received from my parents that made possible the success I’ve experienced. Our EY research is further proof that there is a strong connection between sports and women’s leadership at the highest levels. So I encourage all parents to think hard about encouraging your daughters to stick with sports — your decision could affect the rest of their lives.

These are powerful words about a subject which remains at the heart of sport.  Lidl, Liberty Insurance, Continental Tyres, Aon and many moire companies are getting further involved in promoting women’s sport.  That is a good thing for today.  It has the potential to be a great thing for tomorrow.

This article first appeared last week in Fortune Magazine and is written byBeth Brooke-Marciniak, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy at Ernst & Young.

Sport at Claremont Stadium

Sport at Claremont Stadium

Sport is what Claremont Stadium is famous for. The stadium is home to a number of established local sports clubs including Navan Athletics Club, Parkvilla FC and Navan Badminton Club. With an athletics track that historically hosts an array of different championships for schools and adult athletic clubs, Claremont Stadium is synonymous with athletics in County Meath.

In addition to the eight lane track and field facility, Claremont Stadium has the largest indoor sports hall in County Meath which regularly hosts badminton, basketball, futsal and handball events. The size of the hall enables local clubs to utilise the facilities for large numbers, for example Navan Badminton Club can use the four marked out courts on club nights enabling 16 players to play at any one time.

Navan AC

Navan AC has over 200 members in the club including coaches and mentors, juveniles, senior and masters members. The training times are listed below.

Training Times

  • Tuesday    6.30 PM – 8.00 PM    All Athletes (Ages 5+)
  • Thursday    6.30 PM – 8.00 PM    12 – 18 age group, Senior, Masters
  • Saturday/Sunday    10.30 AM –12.00 PM   12 – 18 age group, Senior, Masters

Parkvilla FC

Parkvilla celebrates 50 years serving the community in 2016, the club has established itself as Navan’s largest and most successful soccer club with over 400 members.

Navan Badminton Club

Navan Badminton Club hosts its club nights every Monday and Wednesday during the season which runs from September to April. The club caters for Adults and Juveniles of all standards from beginner to advanced.

Paul Tully Fitness

Paul is an NQEHS qualified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor operating from Claremont Stadium. Originally from Dublin, Paul has now been living in Navan, Co. Meath for the last 8 years. He got interested in health and fitness after running the Dublin City Marathon in 2007. From there his interest soared in the industry so much that he went on to college and  studied to become a fitness instructor and personal trainer. Paul qualified in 2009 and is continually updating his qualifications to bring fitness to the  people of Navan and beyond. Check out for more information