Youghal Athletic Club has put itself on track for a successful future with the installation of an all-weather running surface at its headquarters in Tower Park, writes Christy Parker.
The synthetic track is 470 metres long and two metres wide and is, says the club’s project manager George Bulman, “the first athletics track of its kind in Ireland”.
It was installed by Kerry-based PST Sport, a company whose ample CV includes pitches at Chelsea and Aberdeen football clubs. Its impeccable CV also includes innumerable tennis courts and other synthetic sports facilities throughout Ireland and Britain.
The new track is part of first phase development costing €120,000 which in turn is the first of three phases aimed at bringing to the standard it craves and deserves.
Other new additions under the first stage include a porta-cabin clubhouse, two dressing rooms, a meeting room, toilets, additional lighting and a car park extension to accommodate about 70 spaces.
Funding for phase 1 was assisted by €22,000 from Cork County Council and an €18,000 government sports capital grant, while the club raised €15,000 itself.
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