DFC | Delaney visits Oriel Park as Dundalk FC announce Community Partnership with Dundalk Credit Union

Initiative will enable the club to ramp up activity in the community

FAI CEO John Delaney addresses the crowd at the launch of the Community Partnership between Dundalk FC and Dundalk Credit Union at Oriel Park

FAI CEO John Delaney and Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny were amongst those in attendance at the launch of the Community Partnership between the Lilywhites and Dundalk Credit Union at the Enda McGuill Suite in Oriel Park on Monday afternoon.

The link-up will enable the club to significantly increase its activities and engagement with local schools and community groups with the financial and reputational support of Dundalk Credit Union.

In his speech, Lilywhites general manager Martin Connolly congratulated Delaney on his recent election to the UEFA Executive Committee.

Connolly also welcomed the CEO’s recent comments about the development of a stronger League of Ireland and said that Dundalk would “work tirelessly with the FAI, through the PCA and other avenues to achieve this goal.”

“John mentioned the pillars which are needed for a stronger league, improved infrastructure at grounds, which we at Dundalk are working towards,” he added.

“He spoke about an academy structure, which we are discussing with a number of partners, an academy, and the club getting stronger in the community, which brings us to today.”

Connolly said that the board at Dundalk FC recognised the “power that club had to make a difference” and said that playing a role in the community was at the heart of the club’s ethos.

“What makes a club survive long term is not always what is at the top of the tree, but it’s roots. This partnership will allow us to extend these roots and make sure that the growth will spread into the community. It is a fundamental part of the club.

“Dundalk FC has achieved huge success over the past five years,” he added. “Liam Burns, our former club captain, has worked as our Community Officer over the past number of years.

“Together with the FAI RDO for Co Louth, Mick Neville, we have rolled out a number of FAI programmes in the area. This has been a hugely rewarding endeavour and this partnership with the Dundalk Credit Union will allow us to expand on that.”

Connolly explained that the club’s scholarship scheme with DkIT is now entering its fourth year and said the intention was to launch an initiative for the development of women soccer in Louth, in conjunction with Dundalk Credit Union.

“We are delighted to welcome Dundalk Credit Union as our official Community Partner. It is a great fit for Dundalk FC and demonstrates the commitment of the club to develop the youth of the town and the community itself,” he concluded.

Delaney also spoke to the assembled crowd and said that “community grassroots is essential for the growth of football in any area, let alone in the very home of the SSE Airtricity League Champions, here in Dundalk.

“This launch with Dundalk Credit Union demonstrates Dundalk FC’s commitment and care for its own people and to build stronger links between club and community, which benefits not just football but society in general.”

Others present at the launch were Dundalk FC owners Andy Connolly and Paul Brown, former UEFA President Des Casey, representatives from club sponsors Fyffes and CX+ Sport and members of the local community.

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